The FINANCIAL — Ryanair on August 31 launched its London summer 2018 schedule, with 168 routes in total, including 5 new London Stansted routes to Aalborg, Dusseldorf (Weeze), Frankfurt, Oradea and Pardubice, and a new London Luton route to Bydgoszcz, which will help deliver 24.8m customers p.a. through Ryanair’s 3 London airports this year.
Ryanair’s London S18 schedule will deliver:
5 new summer routes: Aalborg (4 wkly), Dusseldorf Weeze (4 wkly), Frankfurt (2 daily),
Oradea (3 wkly) & Pardubice (3 wkly)
144 routes in total
4m customers p.a.
16,000 on-site jobs
5 routes: Alicante (daily), Belfast (4 daily), Cork (daily), Dublin (7 daily) & Shannon (daily)
8m customers p.a.
1,300 on-site jobs
1 new summer route to Bydgoszcz (4 wkly)
19 routes in total
7m customers p.a.
1,200 on-site jobs
UK consumers and visitors can book their holidays as far out as October 2018, on even lower fares, and enjoy the latest “Always Getting Better” improvements including:
20 Air Europa long haul routes from Madrid on sale on Ryanair.com
Connecting flights at Rome Fiumicino and Milan Bergamo with more airports to follow
A new partnership with Erasmus Student Network offering discounts & a dedicated booking platform
Alexa voice recognition to search flights, hotels and flight status on the Ryanair.com website
Ryanair will continue to connect London with major business centres on high frequency, low fare services including Berlin (4 daily), Dublin (18 daily), Edinburgh (4 daily), Madrid (4 daily) and Rome (5 daily), with better timings and lower fares, making Ryanair the ideal choice for London business and leisure customers and visitors.
However, given the uncertainty surrounding Brexit in March 2019, Ryanair reiterated the need for clarity before it publishes its summer 2019 schedule in the second quarter of 2018. Ryanair warned it may be forced to cancel flights and move some, or all, of its UK based aircraft to Continental Europe from April 2019 onwards should the legal basis for the operation of flights between the UK and the EU by autumn 2018 remain undefined.
In London, Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary said:
“We are pleased to launch our London summer 2018 schedule, which includes 5 new Stansted routes to Aalborg, Dusseldorf Weeze, Frankfurt, Oradea and Pardubice, a new Luton route to Bydgoszcz, and 168 routes in total, which will deliver 24.8m customers through London’s airports this year. UK customers and visitors are booking our summer and winter 2017 seats in record numbers as fares continue to fall, so there’s never been a better time to book a low fare flight on Ryanair.
We remain concerned at the uncertainty which surrounds the terms of the UK’s departure from the EU in March ’19. While we continue to campaign for the UK to remain in the EU Open Skies agreement, we caution that should the UK leave, there may not be sufficient time, or goodwill on both sides, to negotiate a timely replacement bilateral which could result in a disruption of flights between the UK and Europe for a period of time from April ’19 onwards, and/or the cancellation of flights and routes, and the movement of our based aircraft to Continental Europe.
To celebrate the launch of our London summer 2018 schedule we are releasing seats for sale from just £14.99 for travel in September which are available for booking until midnight Monday (4 Sep). Since these amazing low prices will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out.”