Ryanair has new flights to Spain & Portugal from Manchester

Hotel News - 27/01/2011

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Hundreds of jobs are safe at Manchester Airport now, thanks to the imminent launch of four new routes to Spain and Portugal. In 2009, Ryanair withdrew most of its services out Manchester, triggering worries about a large number of the jobs there.

The Irish carrier is now saying those jobs are safe, thanks to its new summer routes from Manchester to Alicante, Faro, Tenerife and Madrid. The airline will also boost its daily flights to Dublin to six, from the current four.

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary announced the new flights yesterday. He thought the five Manchester routes would carry 600,000 passengers. He added that the services would preserve 600 jobs at the airport.

O’Leary went on to point out that those 600,000 new passengers amount to annual traffic growth at Manchester Airport of five per cent. He said this means existing jobs would be saved and new jobs would be created.

The airline in 2009 blamed excessive airport charges as forcing it to pull the vast majority of services out of Manchester Airport. Andrew Cornisch, the airport’s MD, says things have changed at Manchester airport since Ryanair pulled out.

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