Ryanair to launch new Greek routes from Liverpool, Manchester and Teesside this summer

Apr 22, 2021

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Ryanair is betting big on the return of travel this summer. And, more specifically, it’s hoping that holiday-starved Brits will be looking to venture to Greece’s sunny shores.

On Wednesday, the low-cost carrier announced that it’s launching three new routes from the U.K. — Manchester, Liverpool and Teesside — to Greece, as well as increasing frequencies on some of its existing routes to the country.

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When the new routes launch, Ryanair will operate twice-weekly services from Manchester (MAN) to Santorini (JTR), as well as once-weekly flights from Liverpool (LPL) to Kos (KGS) and Teesside (MME) to Corfu (CFU). Each of the new flights will start as of July — in time for the airline to capitalise on the peak summer season demand.

Related: Greece accelerates reopening, plans to welcome tourists back from 19 April

In addition to the new routes, Ryanair is also expanding on some of its existing routes. The following three routes will see an increase of services for the summer season, beginning the in July, with the exception of Manchester to Chania, which will increase in August:

  • Manchester (MAN) to Chania (CHQ) — increasing from 3 weekly flights to 4 weekly flights
  • Manchester (MAN) to Rhodes (RHO) — increasing from 4 weekly flights to 5 weekly flights
  • London Stansted (STN) to Rhodes (RHO) — increasing from 6 weekly flights to 9 weekly flights

To celebrate the new routes, Ryanair has launched a fare sale to entice would-be travellers to book their summer holiday to Greece. For bookings made until 23 April, you can lock in fares from £20.

“As vaccination rollout programmes continue in the coming months, air traffic is set to soar and we are delighted to announce three new routes and extra flights connecting the U.K. to a host of popular Greek destinations this summer,” Ryanair’s Director of Commercial Jason McGuinness said in a statement.

In November 2020, Ryanair returned to Teesside with the announcement of new routes to Alicante (ALC) and Palma (PMI). Since then, it’s expanded its presence at the regional airport.

Related: Ryanair to return to Teesside Airport for first time in 10 years with routes to Spain

International holidays from the U.K. are still believed to resume from 17 May. When international holidays are allowed to resume, the government will use a traffic light system to categorise countries based on their risk level: red, amber or green. At this point, it’s still unclear what category Greece will fall under. But, based on the number of airlines ramping up fights to the country, the industry feels like Greece will fall in the green — or perhaps amber — category.

Related: Which countries could be on the UK’s green list?

EasyJet CEO Johan Lundgren said last week that he believed most EU countries would fall in the green category. However, an independent analysis earlier this week suggested that only eight countries could end up being categorised as green. We will find out which countries will get which designation when the Global Travel Taskforce unveils its lists in early May.

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