Posted on: 28 February 2012 by Mark Howells
Ryanair’s chief executive Michael O’Leary has announced the addition of 26 new routes from London Luton (LTN) and London Stansted (STN) airports.
New all-year round services from Luton will fly to Barcelona Girona, Barcelona Reus and Murcia, while Alghero and Trapani will be added for the summer season.
From Stansted, the all-year round routes will be to Barcelona Girona, Barcelona Reus, Berlin, Budapest, Jerez, Malta, Toulon, Warsaw and Zadar while seasonal service (as currently planned) will operate to Almeria, Corfu, Crete Chania, Ibiza, Kos, Paphos, Patras Araxos, Perpignan, Pula, Rhodes, Rijeka andTurku
“It’s more muted growth than we are achieving in other markets, namely those without taxes like Air Passenger Duty (APD). It will take our traffic to around 28 million passengers in UK for 2012,” O’Leary noted. He call once again for the UK government to scrap the £12 APD on short-haul flights, which he says reduced traffic in the UK from 35 million in 2007 to 28 million in 2010.
“We’re also calling for the sale of Stansted to finally go through and remain hopeful that a new owner will deliver more competition,” he commented, adding that in his belief BAA’s decision to sell Edinburgh “is just a way to delay the Stansted sale”.
“The problem is that BAA can appeal almost ad infinitum. Every time they appeal [against the order to sell] and the Competition Court throws it out, each decision has to go back to the UK CAA for confirmation. And then when the CAA confirms, they go back again. We’re now on the fourth reference back to the Court,” he remarked.
O’Leary noted that by the end of this year Ryanair’s fleet will have 300 Boeing 737-800s with which he expects to carry more than 85 million passengers.
Photo shows Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary and head of communications Stephen McNamara at the press conference in London.
Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/LARAnews.net