Ryanair is introducing eight new routes, including four new routes from Reus (Barcelona) where it will base a third new Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
The new Reus routes will operate to Bournemouth, Eindhoven, Nador and Poznan, bringing Ryanair’s total investment in the airport to $210million. The airline claims it will boast its traffic to the Barcelona hub to 1 million annually, as well as sustaining 1,000 local jobs.
There are also new services to Bournemouth, Bremen, Faro, Limoges and London Luton.
Ryanair spokesperson Stephen McNamara said: “Ryanair will continue to grow as other airlines pull routes and reduce capacity. With passengers becoming increasingly price sensitive Ryanair will continue to expand.”
Meanwhile the Irish carrier said it is planning to fine passengers who breach its luggage rules.
Passengers who try to carry more than one piece of cabin luggage on board will be hit with a €30 fine.
Existing rules allow passengers to carry baggage weighing up to 10kg, but the low-cost carriers claims there has been a surge in those “abusing” this privilege.
The new rules now mean that all cabin baggage, including handbags and laptops, must be contained inside one single bag.
Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara explained the new rules, saying that the current allowance is already a generous one.
“Due to the large increase in passengers abusing this allowance Ryanair will now charge passengers for each additional piece of carry-on luggage,” he said.
“Passengers are made clearly aware of their cabin allowance at the time of their booking and it is also printed on their online boarding cards,” he added. said Mr McNamara, adding that passengers who over-pack and refuse to pay the fine will not be allowed to travel.