Another day, another Ryanair base is to open – this time in Toulouse, France.
The base will open in October 2019 as part of the winter timetable. It will host two Boeing 737-800 at the base, and open 11 destinations – adding a total of 20 routes from Toulouse.
The new routes are
- Alicante (2 per week)
- Brest (3 per week)
- Budapest (2 per week)
- Lille (daily service),
- Luxembourg (3 per week)
- Marseille (daily service)
- Oujda (2 per week)
- Palermo (2 per week)
- Porto (3 per week)
- Tangier (2 per week)
- Valencia (2 per week)
The airline assumes it will deliver over 1 million customers per year going through Toulouse Airport, whilst adding 60 extra staff.
Booking is open now on the new routes from October until March 2020.
Ryanair’s Chief Commercial Officer, David O’Brien said:
“We are delighted to announce a $200 million aircraft investment at Ryanair’s third French base in Toulouse Airport, which will deliver 1m customers p.a., create 60 Ryanair pilot and cabin crew jobs and support 750* airport jobs.
We are also pleased to announce the launch of our biggest ever Toulouse winter schedule, with 20 routes, including 11 new routes to and from exciting cities such as Budapest, Oujda,and Tangier. To celebrate we are releasing seats for sale on our network”
Philippe Crébassa, Chairman of the Board of Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, said:
“We are very pleased that Ryanair is strengthening its presence in Toulouse. The opening of a base with two aircraft will allow to develop the offer of the company from the Pink City. The 11 new routes announced by Ryanair are also excellent news for the attractiveness of Occitanie in Europe.”
Let’s not assume for one second that Ryanair is doing this growth out the goodness of its heart. It’s done the mathematics and reckons it can launch a reasonably sized base out of the airport, and risking two aircraft in the process.
It’ll be part of a managed growth process that the airline can sustain, and drive passengers towards, whilst getting them to pay for ancillary services.
And for Ryanair – that model, along with point to point services – works for them nicely. Hopefully, for Toulouse Airport – it will work for them too.
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