Posted on: 21 November 2013 by Mark Howells
Ryanair is to open 12 routes from London Stansted in April 2014 as well as adding frequencies on 17 existing routes.
The airline expects the routes to deliver an additional 1,300,000 passengers a year and to support 1,300 new on-site jobs at the airport.
The 12 routes to are Basel, Bordeaux, Brive, Bucharest, Comiso, Dortmund, Lisbon, Osijek, Podgorica, Prague, Rabat and Skelleftea. These will take Ryanair’s Stansted routes to 126 in total.
Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary commented, “Ryanair is pleased to deliver 12 new Europe routes to/from London Stansted, as well as increased frequencies on 17 existing routes. As Stansted’s biggest airline, Ryanair looks forward to growing traffic, routes and jobs at Stansted.”
Charlie Cornish, chief executive of STN’s owner MAG, remarked, “[This] announcement by Ryanair is fantastic news for Stansted, the region and the passengers who rely on the airport to provide a connection to and from all parts of Europe. The new destinations and increase in flights on key routes will offer passengers and businesses even more choice at great value and build on the strength of Ryanair’s extensive network at Stansted, the airline’s largest base in Europe. Ryanair is an important and valued customer for Stansted and MAG. We're delighted to support the airline's expansion plans for next summer with this announcement coming hot on the heels of our joint 10 year growth agreement.
“MAG acquired Stansted to unlock its full potential and return the airport to rapid and sustained growth by offering great value to airlines and better services and facilities to passengers,” explained Cornish. “This announcement, together with the excellent progress we are making with our £80 millon investment in the terminal, is further evidence we are succeeding in transforming Stansted under our ownership.”