The Summer 2017 schedule from Belfast International Airport was launched this week. It was also the announcement that Ryanair, Europe’s biggest airline, could be moving two of it’s routes of Glasgow and Liverpool from City of Derry Airport to Belfast International.
Chief of Ryanair Michael O’Leary said yesterday at talks in Titanic Belfast: “Over time I can see these routes moving to Belfast International which is only an hour away from City of Derry. The aircraft which operate these routes are located in Glasgow and Liverpool so it’s a simple matter to operate to Belfast instead.”
The Ryanair chief also slammed the Stormont executive for their air tax and appealed that the Northern Ireland Executive to “get control of APD and scrap it”. He said: “Again, I make the appeal to Ministers in the Northern Ireland Executive to realise the damage that APD is causing and move to reduce or remove it so that we can go on to create thousands of new jobs and open up new business opportunities.”
Meanwhile, the airline says its summer 2017 schedule will see more frequencies to sun destinations for family holidays, lower fares (as it passes on lower fuel costs), an even better customer experience as it rolls out year three of its ‘Always Getting Better’ customer experience programme.
Ryanair says it will have three aircraft based at Belfast International, 10 new Summer 2017 routes including Lanzarote (twice weekly), Malaga (five times weekly), Tenerife (twice weekly) and Warsaw (twice weekly) and 11 routes in total including London Gatwick (four times daily).
The new Summer schedule will also provide a boost to the local economy and tourism as the ten new routes & daily Gatwick service with Ryanair according to O’Leary will “… deliver 10 per cent growth to 1.1m customers p.a. and support over 800 jobs at Belfast Airport”
To celebrate the launch of the Belfast summer 2017 schedule, the airline is releasing 100,000 seats for sale from just £19.99, which are available for booking until this Friday (Sept 23).
Get those holiday plans sorted!