Ryanair continues to rebuild its network, with the addition of more routes out of Birmingham Airport.
The routes have been announced for Winter 2021/22 – with the six new routes being to their network. These are:
- Bergamo (Italy)
- Lisbon (Portugal)
- Bucharest (Romania)
- Shannon (Ireland)
- Turin (Italy)
- Vilnius (Lithuania)
The airline will operate a total of 28 routes from Birmingham for the season, with four aircraft based at the airport.
Ryanair’s Director of Commercial, Jason McGuinness said:
“Ryanair remains committed to re-building the UK’s tourism industry and strengthening connectivity as Ryanair continues to grow in Europe and travel returns to pre-pandemic level. As Ryanair takes delivery of 55 Boeing 737-8200 ‘Gamechanger’ aircraft this Winter, we are delighted to announce these six new routes from Birmingham this Winter – operating a total of 28 routes.
As travel continues to grow and consumer confidence in air travel returns, Ryanair once again calls on the UK Govt to scrap or suspend APD (air passenger duty), to allow airlines quickly recover connectivity, jobs and tourism in the aftermath of the pandemic. APD makes UK airports very uncompetitive versus Europe, where Ryanair continues to add capacity, having opened a number of bases in recent months in the likes of Zagreb, Stockholm, Billund and Riga. While Ryanair is committed to the UK and its Birmingham airport, the lack of Govt support continues to create further barriers to boosting traffic and growth.
Rebuilding the Birmingham network
Walking through Birmingham Airport when I went to get my nose swirled was a sad sight to be honest -with a lot of the shops gone and the airport feeling rather empty.
However, a few new routes will help out of the airport to help rebuild the network that existed before March 2020 struck.
In fact, one of the biggest check-in areas at the airport I noticed was for Jet2.
With a reasonably large catchment area, there’s still plenty of traffic for the taking. It’ll be up to Ryanair to offer fares, as well as offer options to travellers who wish to take advantage of the new routes.
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