Budget carrier, Ryanair, has unveiled a new route from Liverpool John Lennon to Moss Airport in Rygge, Norway. The flight, which will operate twice a week from the 5 November, is designed to work in tandem with an existing route from Liverpool to Sandefjord Airport, better known as Oslo Torp.
Despite flagging profits in the wake of the ash crisis, and extensive cutbacks to its winter flights, Ryanair continues to add routes at select airports, including Leeds-Bradford, Edinburgh, and now, Liverpool. The airline offers 45 destinations from John Lennon Airport, including routes to Bremen, Germany, and Carcassonne in France.
Liverpool’s PR chief, Robin Tudor, claims that Liverpool is growing in popularity with Nordic football fans – ‘Norway is a popular destination with English holidaymakers, especially for winter breaks, but just as important are the numbers of Norwegians travelling over to see their favourite Premier League team.’
Moss Airport is located 5km from the village of Rygge, which is in turn located 67km from the Norwegian capital, Oslo. The airport’s alternative name, Oslo-Rygge, is therefore, somewhat misleading. Rygge is located on the banks of the Oslofjord, which offers both boating and sightseeing opportunities.
Tickets for the Liverpool-Rygge route begin at £23.99 for a one-way trip, excluding Ryanair’s array of taxes and baggage fees. The trip departs Liverpool on Fridays and Sundays, but travellers may have trouble booking a return flight until the 1 September, when the route officially begins. As matters stand at the moment it seems that only one way tickets from Liverpool can be bought.