Ryanair announces four new routes from Belfast base

A Ryanair Boeing 737-8200 taxiing.
Photo Credit: Thomas Saunders/AviationSource

LONDON – Irish low-cost giant Ryanair has announced four additional new routes out of their Belfast base for the summer season 2023.

Ryanair has previously announced their comeback to the Belfast Airport for international flights, and the comeback will now consist of 16 international routes with 140 flight movements per week to and from the area.

The new routes

In a recent announcement, the Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair reveals four new routes from their Belfast International Airport (BFS) base. The new routes now brings the total of international services by Ryanair for Summer 2023 to 16 routes with 140 weekly movements.

With the plans to base two aircraft, Ryanair has also committed to a $200M investment along with the creation of 800 additional jobs either directly or indirectly at Belfast International.

Included in the new routes, Ryanair announces Budapest, Hungary, Cardiff, Wales, Mallorca (Palma), Spain, as well as Valencia, Spain.


Ryanair’s Director of Digital & Marketing, Dara Brady said the following: “We are pleased to announce 4 additional routes at our new base at Belfast International for Summer’23 to the exciting destinations of Budapest, Cardiff, Mallorca, and Valencia.”

“We will operate 16 total routes and 2 based aircraft representing an investment of $200m and the creation of over 800 direct/indirect jobs at Belfast International.”

“To encourage additional investment from all airlines from next Summer onward, the UK Government must immediately scrap ADP taxes for all flights, which currently put the UK at risk of losing air traffic to competing European countries.”

“To celebrate today’s announcement, we are launching a seat sale with fares available from £29.99 for travel from April ’23 until October ’23, which must be booked by the 21st of Dec ’22. Since these amazing low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and book early to avoid missing out.”

Graham Keddie, Managing Director, Belfast International Airport also commented: “The addition of a further four new routes by Ryanair is a fantastic way to end 2022.”

” These exciting new destinations, particularly Budapest and Cardiff, which are both previously unserved, are most welcome and will provide further connectivity from Northern Ireland.”

“From March 2023 Ryanair will now operate 16 new routes and base two aircraft providing a real boost to the local tourism and business economy.”

Recent expansion from Cork

Ryanair has been hard at work in the past weeks, announcing new routes and even greater expansions out of scheduled Summer bases for the 2023 season. Just recently, Ryanair announced their biggest ever schedule out of Cork airport for the season.

As part of that announcement, Ryanair will base three aircraft at Cork, to serve 270 flights per week across 29 routes, including new services to Italy, Spain and the UK, marking an increase of 20% in capacity growth.

Ryanair’s biggest-ever Cork schedule will provide its southern customers with recession-busting fares across an extensive selection of sunny holiday destinations and European city break destinations next summer.

Moreover, it will continue to promote important regional development, through Ryanair’s support of over 1,300 local jobs and delivery of even greater connectivity for local businesses and European holidaymakers.

The routes out of Cork are as follows:

  • Alicante – Increase to 4 times weekly
  • Faro – Increase to 8 times weekly
  • Liverpool – Increase to 6 times weekly
  • Palma – Increase to 5 times weekly
  • La Rochelle – New route with unknown frequency
  • Rome – New route with unknown frequency
  • Seville – New route with unknown frequency
  • Venice – New route with unknown frequency
  • East Midlands – New route with unknown frequency

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