Three Canary Islands bases for Ryanair

Ryanair has announced three new bases on the Canary Islands in summer 2011 with two aircraft to be based at each of Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Tenerife from February 2011 plus increases to Fuerteventura routes and frequencies.

Ryanair will operate 112 routes to/from the Canary Islands (including 35 new routes) which it claims will deliver 4.5 million passengers a year, sustaining jobs for 350 Ryanair pilots, cabin crew and engineers.

Ryanair carried just 300,000 passengers to the Canary Islands in 2009. However, since the Islands’ Govt and the Spanish Parliament incentivised air traffic growth by both reducing airport charges for 2010 and 2011, and recently announcing a 2013-2015 Regional Marketing Fund to support continued air traffic growth, Ryanair will now grow its traffic to/from the Islands.

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