Ryanair has started its 25th base in Birmingham, also announcing that it will launch 9 new routes to: Alicante, Derry, Fuerteventura, Katowice, Kaunas, Krakow, Palma, Malaga and Murcia in October 2008.Celebrating Ryanair’s 25th base in Birmingham, Ryanair’s Bridget Dowling said:
“There’s a double celebration at Birmingham International Airport this week. We’re celebrating the arrival of our first based aircraft here and we’re also announcing a further 9 new routes which go on sale today. With 32 low fare routes announced from Birmingham to date, people of the West Midlands no longer have to suffer BA high fares or their high fuel surcharges.
“By 2012 , Ryanair’s will have aircraft based in Birmingham, which will deliver 5M passengers p. a. sustaining 5,000 jobs. This will equate to £400 million visitor spend for theWest Midlands. While other airlines, like BA, are busy increasing fares and fuel surcharges, Ryanair is guaranteeing the lowest fares and no fuel surcharges.
“To celebrate the start of our new base and the announcement of 9 new routes, Ryanair is offering 35,000 one-way seats from £5* on routes from Birmingham. This special offer must end Thursday midnight so we advise passengers to book their bargain seats today on www.ryanair.com”.
Peter Vella, Birmingham Airport’s Business Development Director, said:
“We are delighted to be officially unveiling Birmingham Airport as Ryanair’s 25th base as well as welcoming the announcement of these further nine scheduled routes from the airport.
“These new services will offer passengers travelling from their local airport even greater choice and flexibility, allowing them to travel from within their region - whether that be for leisure or business.”