Ryanair Outlines Significant Canary Islands Expansion

Ryanair has this week outlined it's significant expansion out of the Canary Islands for this winter, which includes Fuerteventura, Lanzarote & Gran Canaria.
Photo Credit: Kyle Hayes/AviationSource

Ryanair has this week outlined it’s significant expansion out of the Canary Islands for this winter, which includes Fuerteventura, Lanzarote & Gran Canaria.

The Irish low-cost carrier has made a series of announcements this week, including their 25th anniversary in Rimini, as well as their expansion plans for Leeds & Cornwall.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

Ryanair Outlines Significant Canary Islands Expansion…


Ryanair has this week outlined it's significant expansion out of the Canary Islands for this winter, which includes Fuerteventura, Lanzarote & Gran Canaria.
Photo Credit: Kyle Hayes/AviationSource

Starting off with the first Canary Islands destination, Lanzarote, there will be 40 routes operating out of that destination, 6 of which are new, which are as follows:

  • Belfast
  • Bremen
  • Milan
  • Knock
  • Nuremberg
  • Zagreb

There will be increased frequencies on nine routes, with Ryanair noting the following as significant:

  • Dublin
  • Berlin
  • Madrid
  • Vienna

Three aircraft will be based in Lanzarote, which is an investment of $300m into the region.

Commenting on this was Elena Cabrera, Ryanair’s Country Manager for Spain & Portugal:

“As Lanzarote’s number 1 airline, Ryanair is pleased to announce our new base for winter 2023/2024 with 3 base aircraft representing a $300 million investment and supporting over 1,600 local jobs, including 90 jobs highly paid in the aviation sector.”

“With our new base in Lanzarote, this winter we will operate 40 routes to and from Lanzarote Airport, including 6 new routes to Belfast, Bremen, Knock, Milan, Nuremberg and Zagreb, offering our Lanzarote customers an unbeatable selection of routes to lowest rates when you book your winter getaways.”

“At the same time, boosting valuable year-round tourism to Lanzarote – as the island’s economy depends on connectivity and tourism, especially in the low season.”

Ryanair has this week outlined it's significant expansion out of the Canary Islands for this winter, which includes Fuerteventura, Lanzarote & Gran Canaria.
Photo Credit: Kyle Hayes/AviationSource

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The second announcement from the Canary Islands was for its Fuerteventura base, which is also seeing some expansion over the Winter.

Such a program will see 25 routes on offer, of which two are new, which are:

  • Cork
  • Krakow

Brussels, Dublin, Dusseldorf, London & Milan will have increased frequencies applied, with Ryanair expecting that traffic will grow to 1.1m passengers in FY2024.

Cabrera also added to this saying:

“Ryanair is pleased to offer more options and the lowest fares to our customers and visitors to Fuerteventura for winter 2023/2024.”

“We maintain over 800 jobs with 25 routes, including 2 new routes to Krakow and Cork, as well as increased frequencies to popular destinations such as Dublin and London.”

“We encourage our Fuerteventura customers to book now and take advantage of the 29.99 euro flight offer.”

Photo Credit: Kyle Hayes/AviationSource

Finally, there was the announcement pertinent to Gran Canaria, of which this Canary Islands-based destination will see 34 routes in total, of which 15 of them will have increased frequencies.

Traffic is expected to grow to 1.5m passengers for FY2024, with the frequency upgrades welcomed by the Tourism Councillor of Gran Canaria, Carlos Alamo:

“Gran Canaria presents a 1% increase in the offer of places for the last quarter of the year and for the first quarter of 2024 we gain 10% compared to the year-on-year comparison.”

“We could be talking about 6% more for the entire winter season. Ryanair’s contribution is very important and I would like to highlight the value of Ryanair’s commitment and the weight of this company in the current behavior of the British market, which is very favorable.”

Cabrera also added to this, saying:

“We are delighted to launch our largest winter schedule at Gran Canaria airport, as Ryanair continues to grow on the island, offering more options and the lowest fares to our Gran Canaria customers/visitors for winter 23/24, with 34 routes, including increased frequencies to popular city break destinations such as Berlin, Budapest and Milan.”

“For us, it is a pleasure to celebrate such an important milestone as reaching 15 million passengers transported through the Gran Canaria airport, bringing inbound tourism to the island while offering national and international connectivity to our Gran Canaria clients.”

Overall, this has been big news from Ryanair, as it lays out its plans for what they expect to be a successful winter in the Canary Islands.

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