Posted on: 27 April 2016 by Mark Howells
Ryanair’s winter 2016 schedules for both Belfast and Newcastle Airport now include three new twice-weekly routes to Gdansk, Warsaw and Wroclaw.
Newcastle’s 2016 winter schedule, made up of eight routes in total, is estimated to deliver 400,000 customers per year and support 300 jobs at Newcastle International Airport. Belfast’s is aiming to deliver over a million customers per annum and support 750 jobs at Belfast International Airport.Other services in Newcastle’s winter schedule include twice-weekly flights to Lanzarote and Tenerife as well as four weekly flights to Alicante and a twice-daily route to Dublin (both of the latter have had their frequencies increased from 2015).
David Laws, CEO of Newcastle International Airport, commented, “We are delighted to see Ryanair continue to build its presence in the region and the announcement of these exciting new city routes is great news for the North East travelling public. Poland is a vibrant country with a host of attractions on offer and we expect these flights to Gdansk, Warsaw and Wroclaw to be extremely popular, offering our passengers even more choice and availability from Newcastle Airport.”
The winter schedule from Belfast will include seven new routes. Flights to Alicante, Lanzarote, Milan and Tenerife will take place twice weekly, while flights to Berlin, Krakow and Malaga will take place thrice weekly. Ryanair will also operate extra daily flights to London Gatwick, operating five return services each day in total.
Belfast International Airport’s managing director, Graham Keddie, averred, “This is more fantastic news from Ryanair. It means that this winter should be one of our busiest ever. Gdansk, Warsaw and Wroclaw follow Krakow and deliver a very comprehensive network to a new and important Polish market.
“We currently stand as the eleventh largest airport in the UK, but I expect that with continuing airline expansion and growth in passenger numbers, we will break into the 'Top Ten' before too long. The airport is delivering real economic benefit for Northern Ireland and that means new employment and business opportunities.
“These new Polish routes are delivered without any government support and show only a fraction of what could be achieved if APD were removed. Despite this ‘headwind’, we’re making great progress and have reason to believe we can maintain the momentum,” Keddie concluded.