Bristol Bonus: Ryanair to Add 6 New Summer Routes

A Ryanair Boeing 737-8200 taxiing.
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Ryanair, a leading budget airline, has announced its most extensive Bristol schedule ever for summer 2024.

Passengers can now enjoy a whopping 36 routes, including six exciting new destinations: Copenhagen, Fuerteventura, Marrakesh, Prague, Sofia, and Tirana.

This record-breaking schedule is backed by Ryanair’s commitment to Bristol. The airline has invested a significant $500 million in five Bristol-based aircraft, creating over 1,400 local jobs, including 150 high-paying positions for pilots, cabin crew, and engineers.

Two of these aircraft are cutting-edge “Gamechangers,” coveted by airports across Europe for their impressive environmental performance.

These innovative planes boast a 16% reduction in CO2 emissions and a 40% decrease in noise pollution.

A Ryanair Boeing 737 passes overhead.
Photo Credit: Lewis Chesworth/AviationSource

Summer Schedule 2024

Here’s a quick look at what Ryanair’s Bristol Summer ’24 schedule offers:

  • 6 Brand New Routes: Copenhagen, Fuerteventura, Marrakesh, Prague, Sofia, Tirana
  • Total Routes: 36
  • Bristol-Based Aircraft: 5 (including 2 Gamechangers)
  • Investment: $500 million
  • Passenger Growth: Up to 2.1 million annually
  • Job Creation: Over 1,400 local jobs, including 150 high-paying positions

Ryanair is a favorite among UK travelers, operating over 615 routes (including over 50 new ones) and transporting nearly 60 million passengers to and from the UK each year.

Their fleet of 118 UK-based aircraft, representing a $12 billion investment, allows them to offer competitive fares, extensive connections, and unbeatable choices for reliable travel.

This commitment to travel accessibility fosters year-round connectivity and inbound tourism, supporting over 48,000 jobs across the UK.

To celebrate their expanded Bristol schedule and the launch of these six exciting summer routes, Ryanair is offering a limited-time seat sale with fares as low as £19.99!

A Ryanair 737 taxis to the runway.
Grzegorz Jereczek from Gdańsk, Poland, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Stakeholder Comments

Ryanair’s Head of Comms, Jade Kirwan, commented on the Bristol situation.Our first summer 24 flights to Copenhagen, Marrakesh, Sofia, and Tirana took off just last week, performing phenomenally well.”

“We look forward to carrying more passengers onboard our first flights to Fuerteventura and Prague when they commence this July.

Bristol Airport’s CEO, Dave Lees added the airport’s perspective on the scheduling boost.

“We are delighted with Ryanair’s announcement increasing the 2024 flight programme to its largest ever schedule from Bristol Airport, it is a clear demonstration of confidence in the region for air travel.”

A Skytanking Aviation Services tug pushes back a Ryanair jet.
Photo Credit: Ryanair

“Expanding Ryanair’s route network and adding new routes including to Tirana, Albania, offers customers a wider choice of destinations and flexibility of stay lengths, without the need to travel to other airports for their flights.”

We very much welcome the deployment of the more efficient ‘Gamechanger’ aircraft from Bristol Airport.”  


This record-breaking schedule furthers Ryanair’s presence in Bristol. The airline has made a significant investment of $500 million in five Bristol-based aircraft, solidifying their presence in the region.

This commitment extends beyond just planes, creating over 1,400 local jobs, including positions for pilots, cabin crew, and engineers.

Additionally, two of these aircraft are the state-of-the-art “Gamechangers,” setting a new standard for sustainable travel. These next generation aircraft boast a 16% reduction in CO2 emissions and a 40% decrease in noise pollution.

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