LONDON – Ryanair has today announced a staggering $10bn investment for London’s Summer 2022 scheduling plans.
The airline is to add 14 new routes to services from London Gatwick, Luton and Stansted, bringing the total to 181 routes served for the upcoming period.
The following 14 new routes from the respective London airports are:
Ryanair will have over 100 aircraft based in the whole of the UK alone, supporting over 3,000 highly paid aviation jobs as well as 35,000 indirect jobs across 19 UK airports.
Commenting on the news was Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary, who expressed excitement over this announcement as well as calling for the delay in the reduction of Air Passenger Duty tax until next year:
“We are pleased to announce 14 new routes from our three London airports, Stansted, Luton, and Gatwick, as all Covid-19 travel restrictions have now been lifted, UK citizens and visitors can book a well-deserved Summer getaway to exciting destinations such as Helsinki, Madeira, and Naples.”
“Ryanair is driving London’s post-Covid recovery as we grow across Europe, with new aircraft and new routes.
Despite launching our biggest ever schedule, the UK Govt failed to support this recovery by delaying the reduction in APD until 2023. Ryanair again calls on the UK Govt to scrap APD completely, to allow airlines and airports to quickly restore traffic, jobs, and tourism.”
“The 50% reduction proposed for 2023 is too little, too late as APD puts UK airports at a severe cost disadvantage versus European competitors, and the absence of Govt support for aviation and tourism recovery creates further barriers to UK traffic and growth.”
This is significant news for Ryanair, especially with the demand for air travel continuing to grow as we slowly come out of the COVID-19 pandemic.