Friday, 26 April 2013

Ryanair Opens Moroccan Bases in Fez and Marrakech


Ryanair opened its 56th and 57th European bases in Marrakech on Tuesday 23rd April and Fez Wednesday 24th April, marking a significant step in expansion of the carrier in North Africa market with two Boeing 737-800 based in Marrakech operating 22 routes and a single Boeing 737-800 in Fez operating 15 routes in an investment of $230 million.

In 2013 Ryanair will operate 60 routes from Morocco from eight airports delivering 2.5 million passengers per annum.

Tourism makes a significant contribution to the Moroccan economy as is the top of foreign exchange earner, 2nd biggest contributor to GDP and 2nd biggest creator of jobs. The Moroccan Government published "Vision 2020" for tourism in Morocco to raise the destination to be in the top twenty of tourism destinations in the world and to become a model of sustainability in the mediterranean area.


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Ryanair offers to grow Greece Tourism in return for lower costs


Ryanair yesterday presented a Greek tourism rescue plan to the Transport Minister Kostas Chatzidakis which could see Ryanair grow its Greek traffic to 10 million  passengers per annum by 2016, on the day Ryanair opened its 1st Greek base (and 57th in total) at Chania.

Ryanair has carried over 2 million passengers to/from Greece in less than 3 years since its first flight arrived to Kos from Frankfurt Hahn in May 2010. Ryanair's summer 2013 schedule will offer 85 Greek routes from 10 airports (including 2 new airports at Kalamata and Zakynthos), delivering over 1.4 million per annum.

The airline highlighted traffic at Greece's main gateway Athens Airport has fallen by 22% from its peak in 2008 at 16.4 million to 12.8 million passengers in 2012, Ryanair said it could deliver up to 4 million passengers p.a. if a realistic low-cost deal were made available at Athens Airport, with a further 2 million passengers at Thessaloniki and 4 million passengers across Ryanair's 10 other Greek airports.

Ryanair Deputy CEO Michael Cawley said "In 2013, Ryanair will carry over 1.4m passengers through Greek airports, sustaining 1,400 jobs and underlining Ryanair's commitment to Greece's tourism industry.Tourism is one of the few industries that can quickly provide the economic boost that Greece so badly needs with new jobs and high-spending international tourists.

Ryanair has carried over 2m passengers to/from Greece with these passengers saving over €140m by switching to Ryanair's low fares.However, while our 10 Greek airports continue to grow, traffic at Athens continues to decline as it misses out on Ryanair's traffic and tourism jobs growth, as well as Ryanair's low fares, while its management refuses to engage with Ryanair."

In addition Ryanair has made proposals to Governments in Ireland ,Italy, Spain over the last three years to grow passenger numbers incrementally over a four or five year period in return for lower airport costs, thus positively growing their perspective tourist industries generating jobs directly and in the wider economy.
The proposal made to the Irish Government was for 6 million additional passengers, and the Italian government for 13 million additional passengers and the Spanish government for 20 million additional passengers.

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Aer Arann leases Danish Air Transport ATR72

Courtsey Paul Doyle 
OY-RUG ATR72-202 c/n 509 Danish Air Transport RE500P positioned Copenhagen to Dublin Airport on Wednesday 24th April arriving at 2015 , the aircraft is on short term lease as to Aer Arann operating as Aer Lingus Regional, to facilitate the handback of some of their leased ATR aircraft and as stand-by aircraft.

The aircraft operated it's first revenue service yesterday as RE54ED/55ED to and from Edinburgh. The delivery of Aer Arann new ATR72-600 EI-FAS is imminent.

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