Ryanair celebrates 15 years in Bournemouth

A Ryanair 737 taxis at Bournemouth Airport.
Les Rickman (GFDL 1.2 or GFDL 1.2), via Wikimedia Commons

Ryanair has commemorated the 15-year anniversary of operations at its Bournemouth base this week. As the first low-cost carrier to operate at Bournemouth Airport, Ryanair has played a significant role in shaping the region’s aviation landscape.

Since its inaugural flight from Dublin Airport in 1996, the airline has experienced tremendous growth and now serves over 776,000 passengers annually to and from Bournemouth Airport.

Summer 2023 in Bournemouth

Ryanair’s Summer ’23 schedule at Bournemouth promises to be its most extensive yet, bringing more choices and destinations for travelers.

With a $200 million investment, the airline will station two aircraft at the airport, enabling the operation of 18 routes, including three new additions: Carcassonne, Edinburgh, and Venice.

Passengers can expect over 120 flights per week, reflecting a remarkable 28% growth compared to the previous season. This expansion also translates to substantial support for the local economy, contributing to the employment of over 640 individuals.

This summer, Ryanair aims to provide Bournemouth’s customers and visitors with unparalleled options for their summer getaways.

The airline’s robust schedule will feature more than 120 weekly flights across 18 routes, offering new sunshine destinations like Carcassonne and Venice.


By providing affordable fares, Ryanair ensures that passengers have access to a wide range of choices while promoting inbound tourism to the region.

To mark the 15-year milestone of its Bournemouth base and the record-breaking Summer ’23 schedule, Ryanair has launched a special seat sale with fares starting from an incredible £29.99.

These discounted fares are exclusively available on Ryanair.com for travel between July and September.

Ryanair comments

Jade Kirwan, Ryanair’s Head of Communications, expressed her delight regarding the 15-year anniversary and the airline’s upcoming summer schedule.

She emphasized that Ryanair’s extensive network of routes will not only offer customers an unbeatable selection of sunny hotspots and city break destinations for Summer ’23, but it will also drive regional development by creating jobs and enhancing connectivity with Europe.

Kirwan also noted the airline’s importance to the local economy saying that Ryanair will “continue to promote important regional development through the support of over 640 local jobs, and delivery of even greater connectivity with Europe and its millions of holidaymakers.”

Bournemouth Airport comments

Steve Gill, Managing Director of Bournemouth Airport, expressed his appreciation for the longstanding partnership between Ryanair and the airport.

Over the past 15 years, the collaboration has flourished, resulting in an expanded route network, increased choices, and affordable fares for the local community.

Gill looks forward to the continuation of the partnership, saying: We look forward to continuing that long association and celebrating further growth in the years to come.”

As Ryanair celebrates 15 years of operation at Bournemouth Airport, its achievements stand as a testament to the airline’s commitment to growth and connectivity.

Through its extensive network, affordable fares, and record-breaking summer schedule, Ryanair not only offers unparalleled travel options but also fosters regional development and strengthens connections between Bournemouth and the rest of Europe.

By Len Varley - Assistant Editor 4 Min Read
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