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Ryanair announces new base at Glasgow Airport

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Ryanair has today announced it will establish a new base at Glasgow Airport later this year.

Europe’s largest airline, which carried more than 80 million passengers in 2013, will base one aircraft at Glasgow Airport and operate seven routes from Scotland’s largest city.

Ryanair will serve its two largest bases – London Stansted and Dublin – along with Derry, Riga, Warsaw, Modlin and Bydgoszcz. It is expected that the 55 weekly return flights will generate more than 850,000 passengers per year.

To celebrate the announcement, Ryanair has released 100,000 seats for sale across its European network at prices from £19.99 for travel in August, September and October. These low fare seats are available for booking until midnight on Monday 7 July.

Ryanair’s new Glasgow Airport routes go on sale at tomorrow with fares from just £19.99.

Kate Sherry, Ryanair’s deputy director of route development, said: “Ryanair is pleased to launch these new routes from Glasgow Airport to London and Dublin, starting this October, with three daily return flights on each route at fares starting from just £19.99. We are responding to strong demand for Ryanair’s low fares from Scottish consumers and business customers, and increased competition between Scottish airports.

“Scottish consumers already choose Ryanair for our low fares, industry leading customer service and great route choice. Now they can also book their flights on our improved website, carry a free small second carry-on bag, enjoy allocated seats, avail of our recently announced new Family Extra service, and use their personal electronic devices at all stages of their flight, making Ryanair the ideal choice for families and friends. We also have a new app and business product coming soon, as Ryanair continues to deliver so much more than just the lowest fares.

“However, Scotland cannot fulfil its true tourism potential until Air Passenger Duty is removed and we would urge Scotland to follow the example of Ireland, where Ryanair has launched 21 new routes and will deliver over 1.2 million new customers this year, in response to the Irish Government’s welcome decision to scrap APD. Regardless of the outcome of the referendum, Scotland cannot unlock its full potential until APD is repealed.”

Francois Bourienne, Glasgow Airport’s commercial director, said: “We are delighted to welcome Ryanair to Glasgow Airport. Not only will it complement our already strong mix of airlines, it will provide our customers with even greater choice.

“The airline has ambitious plans for growth and this includes a focus on opening bases at primary airports, such as Glasgow. Today’s announcement underlines our commitment to enhancing our route network and delivering the services our customers demand.

“We can now look forward to working closely with the team at Ryanair to ensure it enjoys success at Glasgow Airport.”


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