Ryanair launching 5 new routes from Birmingham to Europe
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The new routes will serve winter break spots Billund (BLL) in Denmark and Stockholm (either ARL or VST) in Sweden and along with French destinations Grenoble (GNB) and Toulouse (TLS) in France, and the Spanish city of Santander (SDR).
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Ryanair’s Birmingham-based aircraft will also increase to five, including two new Boeing 737 8-200 ‘Gamechanger’ planes, with operations from the West Midlands hub handling 34 routes and more than 280 flights per week.
Ryanair said that the further $100 million (£82m) investment into Birmingham (of £412m total) was in part a celebration of its 35 years of operation at BHX.
The airline’s Director of Route Development, Ray Kelliher, said of the news in a statement: “Ryanair is delighted to announce further growth and investment at our Birmingham base this Winter, with our fifth based aircraft, five exciting new routes and two brand new environmentally efficient Boeing 8-200 ‘Gamechanger’ aircraft as we celebrate 35 years of successful operations at Birmingham Airport.”
Kelliher nodded to the current chaos at U.K. airports in his statement — adding that the Government needed to cut the aviation tax APD to encourage further investment from airlines.
He added: “At a time when other airlines across the U.K. are cancelling flights and reducing their schedules, we’re delighted to make this $100m further investment in Birmingham largely thanks to the hard work and support of the airport.
“If the U.K. Government wants to see more investments from Ryanair and other airlines next summer, they must scrap the APD tax for all flights, or otherwise put the U.K. (an island-based economy) at risk of losing air traffic to competing European countries.”
Birmingham Airport Chief Executive, Nick Barton, added:“We are thrilled Ryanair is adding to its BHX-based fleet of aircraft as we toast 35 years of its operation here. This long-term move will give customers greater choice and boost economic growth in our region.”
The news comes as Ryanair staff in Spain, Portugal, Belgium and Italy took strike action from 24 to 26 June 2022 over pay and working condition dispute, with more Spanish strikes from 1 to 2 July – which the airline claim will cause only “minimal disruption” to its passengers.
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