Published on November 25th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer


Ryanair Launch Biggest Irish Summer Schedule and More New Bases

This week Ryanair has announced its biggest ever summer schedule from Ireland with up to 180 routes operating to Irish airport for summer 2022. Ryanair is leading the traffic recovery from the pandemic and the airline plans to deliver accelerated growth in both traffic and jobs over the next five years. Having added 560 new routes across its network and opened 14 bases throughout the last 12 months, Ryanair is now looking ahead to next summer when it will have taken delivery of 65 of the new Boeing 737-8200 aircraft across the group. Ryanair is now by far the busiest airline in Europe with twice as many flights operating on Wednesday 25th November as its nearest rival. Ryanair operated 1822 flights while Turkish Airlines flew 969 flights on the same day. Ryanair is operating 18% more flights than on the same day in 2019. The new Irish routes announced for summer 2022 will be from Dublin to the Portuguese island of Madeira and the Romanian city of Suceava, new routes from Shannon to Malta and from Cork to Venice.

Commenting on the launch of the Irish summer schedule, Ryanair’s Director of Commercial, Jason McGuinness, said, “We are pleased to announce our Irish Summer 22 schedule – our biggest yet – offering our customers even more amazing European destinations. Following two summers of on and off again travel restrictions, our Irish customers now have four new routes to choose from when booking their long-awaited Summer 22 holidays. Whether planning a relaxing family getaway to the picturesque villages of Malta, an adventurous trip to the mountain hike trails of Madeira or a romantic city break to Venice, our Summer 22 schedule will not disappoint.”

Also commenting on the new Shannon to Malta service was the Shannon Group CEO, Mary Considine who said, “We know that restoring connectivity is important to our airport customers and that is why we have been working hard with our airline partners to create exciting holiday opportunities. We are delighted to be able to offer our airport customers another great destination. This brings to 20 the number of destinations Ryanair will serve from Shannon next summer including the three new Ryanair services which began operation last month to Fuerteventura, Birmingham and Budapest. With its warm climate, breath-taking landscapes and UNESCO World Heritage sites, Malta will undoubtedly be a popular destination this summer for sun-seekers and those who want to experience its culture.”

Eddie Wilson of Ryanair

In recent weeks, Ryanair has announced the opening of new bases in Turin, Stockholm Arlanda, Riga, Billund and Madeira. All new bases will initially start with two based aircraft and up to 10 new routes from each base. Commenting at the announcement of the new Madeira base, Ryanair CEO Eddie Wilson said, “We are delighted to announce the opening of our new base in Madeira, which will deliver increased connectivity with two based aircraft and 40 weekly flights across 10 new routes, connecting Madeira with cities such as London, Paris, Dublin, Milan and Manchester on a year-round basis. This $200m investment will not only boost Portugal’s economy by driving vital tourism but will also create more than 60 direct jobs in the region and over 400 on-site jobs in Madeira. Efficient operations and competitive airport charges provide the foundation from which Ryanair can deliver long-term traffic growth and increased connectivity. We worked closely with our partners in Madeira airport, Tourism de Portugal and APM to secure this growth and improve the services for those that live, work, or wish to visit the region. At a time when other airlines are reducing their fleets and closing bases, we are delighted to continue to invest in both our people and airports in Portugal.”

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