The two based aircraft will see the number of routes operated from Newcastle by Ryanair increase from seven to 19, including some new destinations such as Milan and Riga.
Ryanair has called on customers to always book directly through its website or app following further evidence of what the low-cost carrier calls “anti-consumer practices” by online travel agents.
Traffic at the low-cost carrier rebounded from 0.5 million to 8.1 million over the first quarter, largely due to a recovery in capacity during May and June.
Ryanair plans to recruit upward of 2,000 new pilots over the next three years as the carrier recovers from the pandemic. Training courses take place through 2021 to be ready for next summer.
Ryanair carried 5.3 million passengers in June, as European travel restrictions began to ease. The figure compares with just 400,000 passengers in the same month last year. .
Manchester Airports Group and Ryanair have launched a legal challenge calling for transparency in the handling of its traffic light travel system by the UK government.
Ryanair has welcomed its first Boeing 737 Max after nearly two years of delays. The aircraft flew overnight from Seattle and will land in Dublin Airport later this afternoon.
Michael O’Leary, chief executive of the low-cost carrier, criticised a “mismanagement” of the pandemic and reopening of the economy by prime minister, Boris Johnson.
The Competition & Markets Authority is investigating whether British Airways and Ryanair have broken consumer law by failing to offer refunds for flights customers could not legally take.
Ryanair has condemned the decision by the UK government to move Portugal to the amber travel of travel destinations. The low-cost carrier said the move had no basis in public health or medical science.
Ryanair has called on minister for transport, Grant Shapps, to open up international travel from all EU countries. The low-cost carrier said the move could come later this week.
Ryanair has reported a full-year loss of €815 million for financial 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic took a huge toll on the industry. The Irish airline carried just 27.5 million passengers last year.