Ryanair has this week announced a record level of advance bookings from its upcoming new base of Tirana, which is opening up on October 31.
The carrier is hitting the Albanian market running with a significant investment made into the area to accrue as much market share from the get go as possible.
Without further ado, let’s look into this…
Ryanair Announces Record Bookings Ahead of Tirana Launch…
It is understood a total of 17 new routes will be operated by Ryanair in Tirana, with the highlight routes from them being Brussels, Dusseldorf, London, Milan, Paris & Rome.
The full breakdown is as follows, courtesy of their website:
|RYANAIR’S 17 NEW ROUTES TO/FROM TIRANA (WEEKLY FREQ.)|
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Sustaining over 1,000 jobs in the area, the Irish low-cost carrier is expected to achieve 1.5m passengers in the first year of operations.
Commenting on this upcoming launch in Tirana was Ryanair‘s Michael O’Leary:
“Next week on Tues 31st Oct, the Ryanair low fare revolution comes to Albania.”
“We will start 17 new routes to/from Tirana, and already more than 70% of these seats have been sold for the first month of operations.”
“The scale of Ryanair’s winter operation in Tirana with 17 routes, and over 200 weekly frequencies shows the extraordinary demand there is for low fare inbound travel to Albania, and for low fare outbound flights among Albanian citizens, especially around Tirana. As Italy’s No.1 airline, Ryanair believes it can deliver dramatic and sustainable traffic and tourism growth, not just this winter, but for many years to come in Albania.”
“For too long, new route and traffic growth in Albania has been held back by the high fare incumbent airlines such as Lufthansa, Air France, BA and Wizz.”
“From next Tues 31st Oct, this era of high fares ends.”
“Ryanair’s low fares are coming to Tirana. Thousands of visitors are coming to Tirana, and we look forward to carrying many thousands of Albanian citizens to/from Europe to visit friends and relatives.”
“Ryanair is the only major airline in Europe that has recovered to 130% of its pre-Covid traffic.”
“This winter we hope to take 57 new aircraft deliveries from Boeing as part of our post-Covid growth and recovery plan.”
“We are proud to open 17 new routes to/from Tirana next week, and we are thrilled and amazed at the strength of forward bookings, and the demand that exists in Albania and all across Europe for Ryanair’s low fare flights to/from Tirana.”
“Ryanair plans to grow its fleet to 800 aircraft, and its traffic to 300m passengers annually over the next decade, and we believe that Albania will be a key growth market for Ryanair’s low fares.”
All eyes are on the carrier to see how this base launch goes next week.
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