Puglia Gets a Ryanair Boost: Get Ready for More Flights!

Ryanair has this week announced a major investment plan into Puglia in Italy, with new routes for Bari & Brindisi.
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Ryanair has this week announced a major investment plan into Puglia in Italy, with new routes for Bari & Brindisi.

The Irish low-cost carrier is expanding it’s presence in the region significantly with 10 new routes.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

The New Flights Out of Puglia: Brindisi & Bari Growth…


Ryanair has this week announced a major investment plan into Puglia in Italy, with new routes for Bari & Brindisi.
Photo Credit: Kyle Hayes/AviationSource

Ryanair will offer a total of 80 routes out of the Puglia area, with this broken down as 57 for Bari and 23 for Brindisi.

The individual airport breakdown is as follows:

  • Brindisi:
    • Two new routes:
      • Gdansk
      • Trieste
  • Bari
    • Eight new routes:
      • Athens
      • Barcelona
      • Dubrovnik
      • Malaga
      • Katowice
      • Rhodes
      • Tirana
      • Toulouse

This means that within the Puglia area, Ryanair will offer over 800 flights per week from the region.

Such a move is expected to grow passenger traffic by seven per cent to 4.3 million passengers in Summer 2024.

Jason McGuinness, the Chief Commercial Officer of the airline had this to say on the expansion:

“As the No. 1 airline. 1 in Italy and Puglia, Ryanair is pleased to announce record operations for Puglia for summer ’24 with over 800 weekly flights on 80 routes, including 10 exciting new summer destinations to Athens, Barcelona (G) , Dubrovnik, Gdańsk, Malaga, Katowice, Rhodes, Tirana, Toulouse and Trieste, offering Apulian citizens/visitors even more choice for summer holidays at the lowest rates in Europe.”

“To support this operational record, Ryanair will base 5 aircraft ($500 million invested) and support over 3,400 jobs (including well-paid positions for pilots, cabin crew and engineers) in the region.”

“Ryanair is also celebrating 20 years of activity in Puglia, where it confirms itself as the fastest growing airline, going from 0.2 million passengers since the start of operations to over 4.3 million passengers transported this summer.”

Area Congratulated By The Airline for Reducing Taxes…


Ryanair has this week announced a major investment plan into Puglia in Italy, with new routes for Bari & Brindisi.
Photo Credit: Kyle Hayes/AviationSource
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McGuinness also congratulated the Puglia area for reducing taxes to allow low-cost fares to continue.

This is in stark contrast to Naples who have decided to raise the municipal taxes by 30%.

“This will likely result in the reduction of aircraft based, impacting local tourism, employment and access to low fares for Neapolitans to Italian and European destinations.”, the airline said in a statement.

On Puglia, which has Bari & Brindisi Airport, he added to this saying:

“Ryanair congratulates the Mayor of Brindisi for his vision and approach in supporting the growth of tourism, improving connectivity and, in turn, lowering fares for citizens and visitors to the Puglia Region, halting the increase in additional municipal/tourist tax.”

“However, there is an opportunity for Puglia to ensure accelerated growth in passenger numbers and tourism in the coming years, provided that the Puglia Region and the Italian Government abolish the excessive municipal surtax.”

“Should the Italian Government abolish the municipal surtax, Ryanair will respond with a $4 billion investment in Italy, adding 40 new aircraft, another 20 million passengers per year and over 250 new routes.”

Overall…


Photo Credit: Kyle Hayes/AviationSource

In conclusion, the Puglia area, which includes Bari & Brindisi, is set for significant expansion this Summer.

With new routes and up to 800+ weekly flights, the Irish low-cost carrier is taking advantage of the Italian catchment.

Looking ahead, all eyes will be on whether anymore plans will be unveiled regarding Italy or not.

But for now, let’s see how the airline’s 2024 performs.

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