Within a fortnight of cutting its Stansted services by a quarter, Ryanair has doubled its routes from its Luton hub with the addition of seven new destinations.The new routes, starting 27 October 2008, include a domestic service to Derry (3 weekly) and international services to Beziers (2 weekly) and Biarritz (3 weekly) in France, Rzeszow (2 weekly) and Szczecin (3 weekly) in Poland, Trapani (3 weekly) in Italy and Kaunas (3 weekly) in Lithuania. This will bring the total number of routes with the airline to 20, doubling the number of flights.
Only yesterday, the owner of Stansted BAA issued legal proceedings against Ryanair over unpaid landing fees.
BAA increased the fee levied on each departure and arrival at the airport on 1 April 2008, rising from £5.50 per passenger to £5.88, an increase of 7 percent.
However Ryanair reacted by not paying the higher charges at Stansted, arguing they were excessive. Ryanair’s maverick Chief Executive Michael O’Leary last month labelled BAA’s executives as “*censored*s”.
Natalie Raper, London Luton Airport’s Marketing Director, said, “We are delighted to announce these new routes with Ryanair giving our passengers yet more choice of places visit and more convenience for business travellers. The airline’s decision to expand the number of destinations served from London Luton reaffirms the airport’s ease of use with great transport connections and close proximity to London. Our route network now covers over 95 destinations and Ryanair is an important partner in the ongoing success of the airport.”
Luton is municipally owned but privately managed.