Ryanair has confirmed it will open its 45th base at Manchester in October 2011 initially with two based aircraft and 17 routes.
The figures will grow to four aircraft and 26 routes by summer 2012 chief executive Michael O’Leary announced earlier.
Ryanair’s new base will accommodate up to 2 million passengers each year, with the low-cost carrier stating the move will create 2,000 jobs.
Up to 260 weekly flights will operate each with, as Ryanair invests over up to $280 million at Manchester Airport.
Destinations will include Barcelona, Paris and Rome.
O’Leary said: “Ryanair’s two million passengers per annum will sustain up to 2,000 jobs at Manchester Airport and in the surrounding region.”
Also in the UK today, City.Mobi is celebrating the success of its new guide to Manchester.
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