Ryanair have this week announced it’ll be expanding its fleet of aircraft at Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport.
From March 2010, with two additional aircraft taking its tally to eight, it will be offering passengers a choice of three new links: Rimini on the east coast of Italy, Trapani on the west coast of Sicily, and Lodz in Poland. In addition, frequency of flights will be increased for four existing routes: Faro, Krakow, Proznan and Wroclaw.
The new Boeing 737-800 planes will see Ryanair serving a total of 44 destinations from JLA, with annual passenger numbers predicted to reach 2.5 million, overtaking Easyjet as the airport’s highest serving carrier. With the addition of Rimini and Trapani, holiday makers have plentiful options to see the vineyards and piazzas of Italy. According to Neil Pakey, Deputy CEO of JLA owners Peel Airports Group, JLA will now link to “more Italian destinations than almost all other UK regional airports.”
In the same month that Easyjet launched a new airbus serving two new routes, this is good news for the city, with Ryanair’s expansion alone expected to sustain 2,500 jobs in the area. Only three months after the North West lost several flights, with the airline pulling routes from Manchester Airport due to disagreements over landing charges, this will be a welcome development for the region.
A spokesman for Ryanair, Stephen McNamara, said “Ryanair routes at these airports deliver millions of passengers, and sustain thousands of jobs at each airport and in the surrounding regions every year."
During a volatile time for the aviation industry, which has seen many airlines making huge loses, the growth is part of a £210 million investment by the low-cost airline, which includes similar increases at UK airports in Bristol, Edinburgh and Glasgow. You’ll find a list of all new UK flights on the Ryanair website.