Nantes to be Ryanair’s 20th destination from Bournemouth Airport

Exterior view of Bournemouth Airport.
Photo Credit: Bournemouth Airport

Ryanair, is set to add a new service from Bournemouth to Nantes, France’s sixth-largest city.

Commencing on June 1st, this addition becomes the 20th destination served by the major low-cost carrier from Bournemouth Airport.

Bournemouth Airport Presence


Ryanair’s operations from Bournemouth Airport now spans 16 years, underlining a thriving mutual partnership that has seen continuous growth.

Ryanair increased the number of flights last year by 30% with the addition of a second aircraft based at the airport.

The recent inclusion of Agadir, Morocco, and year-round flights to Lanzarote in 2024 have further cemented the airline’s positioning at the southern airport.

Staff hold up travel signs in front of an aircraft at Bournemouth Airport.
Photo Credit: Bournemouth Airport

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Nantes, a city steeped in history and culture, becomes the focal point of Ryanair’s new route.

Operating on Wednesdays and Saturdays, the new addition of Nantes in Brittany broadens the horizons for local travelers seeking an authentic French experience.

Increased Flights and TUI Collaboration


In a recovering aviation landscape, Ryanair surged ahead last year, boosting its flights by an impressive 30%.

The collaboration with tour operator TUI, which plans to introduce an additional 60,000 seats in 2024, further signals a robust growth trajectory for the airport.

Airport management has already indicated a confidence in exceeding one million passengers this year for the first time since 2008.

A TUI Airways Boeing 737 parked.
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Anticipating a surge in passenger numbers, Regional and City Airports, the owners of Bournemouth Airport, are currently injecting over £5 million into upgrading facilities, acquiring new equipment, hiring staff, and providing comprehensive training.

This proactive approach reflects their commitment to delivering a seamless and enjoyable travel experience.

Bournemouth Airport in 2024


Buoyed by the collaborative efforts of Ryanair and TUI, Bournemouth Airport is poised to surpass the one-million-passenger mark in 2024.

A feat not achieved since 2008, this milestone underscores the region’s growing popularity as a travel hub.

37 Destinations and Counting

With Nantes joining the roster, Bournemouth Airport now boasts an impressive portfolio of 37 destinations.

This diverse range of options, with new destinations coming onstream this year, reflects the airport’s continuing drive to support travelers with broader choices and experiences.

Customer Service Accolades

Earning a spot among the top three airports in the UK for customer service in 2023, Bournemouth Airport continues to prioritize passenger satisfaction.

Employment Boost: Summer Jobs Galore

As part of the preparation for the anticipated surge in passengers, Bournemouth Airport is actively recruiting for various summer roles.

Ground handling teams, passenger service staff, and security officers are among the positions available. There are some exciting opportunities to be part of the aviation buzz at Bournemouth Airport here.

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Nantes in Brittany is to become Ryanair's 20th destination served from Bournemouth Airport, with twice-weekly flights set to commence from 1 June.
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