LONDON – Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair celebrates 35 years of operations out of Birmingham Airport with an expansion of its Winter schedule.
Ryanair will be adding five new destinations to the schedule from the airport, which means an increase in the fleet based at Birmingham to five as well.
The Irish low-cost carrier was key to note that two of the aircraft would be the Boeing 737 MAX 200 Gamechanger aircraft that it has in its fleet.
The five new destinations in question are Billund, Grenoble, Santander, Stockholm and Toulouse.
Commenting on the expansion was Ray Kelliher, Ryanair’s Director of Route Development:
“Ryanair is delighted to announce further growth and investment at our Birmingham base this Winter, with our 5th based aircraft, 5 exciting new routes, and 2 brand new environmentally efficient Boeing 8-200 “Gamechanger” aircraft as we celebrate 35 years of successful operations at Birmingham Airport.”
“Our now biggest ever Birmingham base will deliver 34 routes for Winter’22, including 5 new routes to destinations such as Billund, Grenoble, Santander, Stockholm, and Toulouse.”
“Lower aviation taxes and competitive airport charges provide the foundation for which Ryanair can deliver long-term traffic growth and increased connectivity.”
“At a time when other airlines across the UK are canceling flights and reducing their schedules, we’re delighted to make this $100m further investment in Birmingham largely thanks to the hard work and support of the Airport.”
“If the UK Government wants to see more investments from Ryanair and other airlines next Summer, they must scrap the APD tax for all flights, or otherwise, put the UK (an island-based economy) at risk of losing air traffic to competing for European countries.”
Also commenting on the news was Nick Barton, the CEO of Birmingham Airport:
“We are thrilled Ryanair is adding to its BHX-based fleet of aircraft as we toast 35 years of its operation here. This long-term move will give customers greater choice and boost economic growth in our region.”
This investment by Ryanair represents around $500m, and for Winter 2022/23, they will be operating 34 routes in total from the airport.
Such moves will mean around 280 flights per week will depart Birmingham and will support over 2,000 jobs in total.
On top of this, Ryanair was keen to put the boot on some of the other carriers in the UK by saying that they:
“Are operating a full schedule this Summer across the UK and continues to invest and grow its network into Winter’22, unlike other airlines who cannot operate their promised schedules efficiently and continue to disappoint UK holidaymakers.”
Ryanair’s presence out of Birmingham is growing, and with the push that they are putting out regarding other airlines’ incompetencies, it does seem to be working well in their favor.
Looking ahead, it will be interesting to see how well the airline will do in Summer 2022, especially with strike actions not really impacting the carrier’s operations.
This, of course, is going to put pressure on competitors to sort out the problems they are facing quicker in order to not lose market share from Ryanair. And that is what matters.