Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Ryanair carries 4.20 million passengers in February

Ryanair announced it carried 4.20 million passengers in February down 3% with a load factor of 77% up 1% and in the rolling 12 months to the end of February it carried 79.3 million passengers, as Ryanair grounded up to 80 aircraft February 2012 was a leap year and thus had 29 days which accounts for a further 3% drop in traffic.

Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said "As previously guided, Ryanair’s adjusted February 2013 traffic fell by 3% over February 2012 as we grounded up to 80 aircraft. The leap year of February 2012 had 29 days and accounted for a further 3% drop. However, Ryanair’s load factor increased by 1% and we delivered another record 12-month traffic as almost 80m passengers chose one of Ryanair’s ultra-low fares since February 2012."

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A Record 2 million seats available from Cork Airport for Summer 2013

Cork Airport today announced more than two million seats are available to more than 50 destinations across the UK and Europe in partnership with its airline and tour operators for Summer 2013.

Cork Airport Director Niall MacCarthy said "We have worked very closely with our airline and tour operator partners since last summer to ensure we can offer an expansive array of destinations and additional services this summer. The availability of two million seats from Cork Airport this summer is testament to the strong demand from this catchment area on both business and leisure routes during the peak summer season. Airlines and tour operators always try to match supply to demand and this is very evident in today’s announcement."

Aer Lingus will operate daily services to Faro and Malaga this summer, as well as increasing the frequency on its service to Barcelona from three to four times a week, this means Aer Lingus will provide 1.1 million seats from Cork Airport this summer.

Ryanair recently added a further six routes to those already announced before Christmas for its popular summer 2013 schedule including Milan, Bordeaux, Carcassonne, Girona, La Rochelle and Pisa.  These are in addition to the five extra scheduled services by Ryanair this summer to Gdansk, Krakow, Vilnius, Warsaw and Wroclaw.

Ryanair’s eleven routes alone will mean an additional 130,000 seats from Cork Airport this summer, compared with the same period last year. The end result is the availability of a total of 717,000 seats with the low cost carrier.

Wings Abroad which will offer increased capacity on its Izmir service, commencing on May 12th and continuing until September 29th.

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Flybe announces new Manchester to Waterford route

Picture: Courtesy Flybe 

 Flybe today announced the launch of a new route from Manchester to Waterford operating four times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays  Fridays and Sundays from 22nd May 2013 catering for business and lesuire traffic on the route using DHC8-400s.

Flybe UK Managing Director Andrew Strong said "Flybe is committed to continue developing our extensive route network out of Manchester. It has become a key hub for us.  We fully expect many of our new Waterford passengers to take advantage of the added connections available with Flybe from Manchester that not only includes our own extensive network throughout the UK and regional Europe bookable online, but also the seamless onward connections available through our codeshare and interline partners to a huge range of worldwide destinations, when booked through a travel agent. "

MAG Aviation Commercial Director Mats Sigurdson said "We’ve noticed more and more passengers are using long haul services into Manchester and connecting onto Flybe’s already impressive network of UK and Irish destinations. The  addition of Waterford as a new destination provides another point to point connection and strengthens that offer even further."

Waterford Airport CEO Graham Doyle said "Waterford has close ties to the northwest England market and this direct air route will allow us to promote the region to a huge potential market especially in this year of ‘The Gathering’. The southeast of Ireland has a great deal to offer visitors on the back of the major investment there has been at key tourism sites in the region."


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