Leeds Bradford to be Ryanair's 34th base
Ryanair is to open its 34th base at Leeds Bradford International Airport (LBIA) in March 2010 with two based aircraft and 14 new routes (17 in total) being launched.
Ryanair will offer 63 weekly return flights to/from Leeds Bradford in an investment worth more than $140 million in the airport. The 14 new routes will operate to Carcassonne, Faro, Ibiza, Knock, Krakow, Limoges, Malaga, Malta, Montpellier, Murcia, Nantes, Palma, Pisa and Venice Treviso will increase Ryanair’s traffic at Leeds Bradford to 1 million passengers a year, which the airline estimates will create and sustain 1,000 local jobs in Yorkshire.
Announcing the move at Leeds Bradford Airport, Ryanair’s chief executive Michael O’Leary commented, “Ryanair is delighted to announce Leeds Bradford as our 34th base and our 11th UK base airport. With a total of 17 low fare routes from Leeds Bradford next summer passengers can beat the recession by choosing Ryanair’s guaranteed lowest fares and no fuel surcharges.”
The airline's existing routes from Leeds Bradford fly to Alicante, Barcelona (Girona) and Dublin.
John Parkin, LBIA chief executive, remarked, “This is a great vote of confidence in the potential of both the airport and our region from Europe's largest airline. [This] announcement makes us an exception in the sector and will help create much needed jobs. It shows Ryanair shares our confidence in the tremendous opportunity for strong market growth at the airport. Significantly it follows recent planning approval for the terminal development to deliver best in class facilities and build upon existing routes.”