Ryanair has announced that it is to set up a new base at Glasgow Airport and invest around £360m in Scotland, as it looks to expand its operations in Glasgow.
The budget airline will also be introducing two new business routes from Glasgow to and from London and Dublin three times a day, seven winter routes to and from Bydgoszcz, Derry, Riga, Warsaw Modlin and Wroclaw and 55 weekly return flights.
The existing once daily flight from Glasgow Prestwick to Dublin will switch to Glasgow International, as Ryanair increases the service to three times a day.
Ryanair have stressed that they will remain committed to Glasgow Prestwick, where they have a major maintenance facility and are currently in discussions with Prestwick Airport and new owners, the Scottish Government, to explore potential growth opportunities to and from Prestwick.
Glasgow Prestwick will still operate seven winter routes to and from Alicante, Barcelona Girona, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Malaga & Tenerife and 13 weekly return flights.
Ryanair marked the announcement of the three new business routes by releasing 100,000 seats for sale across its European network from as little as £19.99 for travel in August, September and October.
A new business route will also operate between Edinburgh and Stansted three times a day.
Ryanair’s chief commercial officer, David O’Brien, said: “Ryanair is pleased to launch three new Scottish routes, between Edinburgh and London, Glasgow and London, and Glasgow and Dublin, starting this October, with three daily return flights on each route at fares starting from just £19.99, which are half of BA’s fares and 40% cheaper than easyjet’s, in response to strong demand for Ryanair’s low fares from Scottish consumers and business customers, and increased competition between Scottish airports.
“Ryanair will also open a new base at Glasgow International this winter, with seven new routes and will deliver more than 500,000 new customers through Scottish airports this year.
“Scottish consumers already choose Ryanair for our low fares, industry leading customer service and great route choice. “However, Scotland cannot fulfil its true tourism potential until Air Passenger Duty is removed and we would urge Scotland to follow the example of Ireland, where Ryanair has launched 21 new routes and will deliver over 1.2m new customers this year, in response to the Irish Government’s welcome decision to scrap APD. Regardless of the outcome of the referendum, Scotland cannot unlock its full potential until APD is repealed.”
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