Published on April 5th, 2022 | by Alan Dwyer


Ryanair Increase Flights in the City of Derry as Passenger Numbers Improve

Ryanair has announced that it will increase the number of services to the City of Derry Airport on the Manchester route. Following the success over the last few months since the service started in December with consistently high passenger loads, Ryanair is to increase the frequency of the service with a new Monday departure and arrival flight taking off from Monday 2nd May.

Commenting on the increased service by Ryanair, the Managing Director at City of Derry Airport, Steve Frazer said, “We are thrilled that Ryanair’s service between the North West and Manchester has proved to be such a success, demonstrating the importance of this connection for the local catchment area. We can see that the service is frequently used by corporate passengers and students who commute regularly, as well as reuniting many in the North West with their family and friends living in Manchester. In terms of leisure, Manchester has so much to offer for family breaks, couples retreats, and group getaways, particularly hen and stag parties who regularly book out our Amelia Earhart Airport Lounge for private parties before they take off to Manchester.”

Ryanair carried 11.2 million passengers during March with a load factor of 87% on the 67,800 flights operated by the airline during the month. The airline had to cancel in excess of 2,000 flights due to the airspace restrictions due to the outbreak of war in Ukraine. The passenger numbers were a vast increase from the 500,000 passengers carried in March 2021 when COVID restrictions were in place across Europe.

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