Posted on: 16 September 2015 by Mark Howells
Ryanair has announced plans to open its 73rd and 74th bases at Milan Malpensa and Santiago on 1 December and during summer 2016 respectively.
Santiago will be the carrier’s 12th Spanish base and will have one based aircraft, with CMO Kenny Jacobs stating, “We look forward to discussing growth possibilities with the Concello de Santiago de Compostela. As Spain’s No 1 airline we are pleased to add another base airport to our network, which will allow us to offer improved schedules on domestic services, making Ryanair the ideal choice for both business and leisure customers.”
Milan Malpensa will be Ryanair’s 15th Italian base with one based aircraft operating four routes to London Stansted, Comiso, Bucharest and Seville, delivering 450,000 passengers per annum and supporting 450 on-site jobs.
Operating 28 weekly flights from Milan Malpensa, Ryanair will fly the London Stansted route twice daily, the Comiso route once daily and Seville route three times each week from 1 December. A four times weekly service to Bucharest will begin on 2 December.
“As Italy’s No 1 airline, we are pleased to add another key primary airport to what is already Europe’s largest route network, as we continue to connect Italy with Europe’s major centres of business,” explained David O’Brien, Ryanair’s chief commercial officer. “We will continue to operate and grow at Milan Bergamo Airport and as demonstrated by the success of our dual airport strategies in Brussels, Glasgow and Rome, Ryanair will remain the ideal choice for both business and leisure customers.”