Ryanair has Selected Nottingham East Midlands Airport (NEMA) as its new base.
From 7 March 2006, the airline will base two brand new Boeing 737-800 aircraft, worth $120m, at the Castle Donington site and increase its number of routes from 5 to 15.
The new routes include: Berlin, Derry, Nimes, Carcassonne, Nantes, Dinard, Limoges, Lodz,
Wroclaw and Bergerac
NEMA Managing Director Penny Coates said, “It is great news that Ryanair have chosen Nottingham East Midlands Airport as their new base. This Airport has a strong reputation for its operational capability and friendly staff. The increased choice of destinations for the people of the Midlands and the opportunities for inbound tourism are very exciting. We look forward to working with Ryanair and our other airline partners to achieve our ambition of offering flights to over 100 destinations each year from Nottingham East Midlands Airport by Christmas 2006”.
Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said, “We are delighted to announce Nottingham East Midlands Airport as our 15th European base. From 7 March 2006, Ryanair will operate 15 routes through Nottingham East Midlands Airport delivering 1.2 million passengers per annum sustaining 1,200 jobs in the East Midlands area”.