Ryanair expands Nottingham network

Ten new routes are being launched by Ryanair from its base at Nottingham East Midlands Airport, taking its total number of destinations operated from there to 27.From 12 February 2007, it is adding the following to the Airport’s portfolio:

- Alghero (Sardinia)

- Bratislava (Slovakia)

- Granada (Spain)

- Inverness (Scotland)


- Knock (Ireland)

- Krakow (Poland)

- Bergamo Milan (Italy)

- Pisa (Italy)

- Santiago (Spain)

- Valencia (Spain)

Ryanair already flies to Berlin, Derry, Nimes, Carcassonne, Nantes,
Dinard, Limoges, Lodz, Wroclaw, Bergerac, Dublin, Shannon, Murcia, Girona
(Barcelona), Rome, Salzburg and Grenoble (Lyon) from the Castle Donington
site. Seats are on sale at www.nottinghamema.com from 5 October
and start from GBP1.99 one-way exclusive of taxes, fees and charges.

It is anticipated that this move will add another 500,000 passengers for
the Airport each year. With these new destinations, Ryanair has increased
fivefold the number of passengers it carries to and from NEMA in under a

Penny Coates, NEMA Managing Directorsaid, “We are delighted that Ryanair
continues to grow its Nottingham East Midlands base. The 27 routes they
now offer have added significantly to the range of destinations enjoyed by
the people of the Midlands and have played an important part in assisting
NEMA in fulfilling its role as wealth generator for the region”.

Michael O’Leary, Ryanair CEO said, “In 2007, 1.8m passengers will travel
with Ryanair to and from NEMA. Not only is this great news for passengers
but it is also a major boost for business and tourism in the region which
will now enjoy an upsurge in year round visitors from continental Europe.
This will support 1,800 jobs in the Midlands and deliver a visitor spend
of GBP150m”.

“This expansion will be achieved through Ryanair’s $210 investment in 3
new aircraft bringing the total number of Ryanair aircraft based in NEMA
to 5. These aircraft are equipped with all of the latest technological
advances in engine type, aerodynamics and blended winglets which ensure
maximum fuel efficiency and have allowed Ryanair to reduce fuel burn by
45%, cut CO2 emissions by 50% per seat and reduce noise by 50%. These 3
based aircraft will also create 150 new highly paid direct jobs in
Nottingham East Midlands Airport.”

Richard Dickinson, Chief Executive of East Midlands Tourism said “The
introduction of these new routes is great news for tourism in the East
Midlands. Greater accessibility into the region is key if we are to
continue to grow our share of the inbound market and attract more overseas
visitors to our destinations, many of whom are looking for new places to
visit in the UK. It also provides unique opportunities for business
growth all of which drives up the economic value of the visitor economy in
the region”.

Martin Peters, Chief Executive of Leicester Shire Promotions said,
“Leicester, Leicestershire, Rutland and the East Midlands have so much to
offer the inbound international visitor. As such, we welcome Ryanair’s
confidence in the East Midlands and its introduction of these new routes.”

John Heeley, Chief Executive of Experience Nottinghamshire said “This is
great news for Nottinghamshire. These 10 new routes will bring more
tourists to Notts and are proof that we have the culture, heritage,
shopping and air links to transform Notts into one of Europe’s top city
break destinations.”

In April 2006 Ryanair based two new Boeing 737-800 aircraft, worth $120m
at Nottingham East Midlands Airport. In September 2005, the airline
announced NEMA as its 15th European base.