Thursday, 21 February 2019

Ryanair to open new French base at Toulouse, increase aircraft based in France and launch more routes

There is a massive multi-million dollar  French investment ahead for Ryanair, the budget carrier announced this week.

The low-fare-high-fee carrier will open a new French base at Toulouse, signalling a $200 million investment. As part of its Winter 2019 schedule, with 2 new based aircraft and 20 routes (11 new – 8 international), which will offer more than a million customers each year through Toulouse Airport. It is also launching its biggest ever Bordeaux and Marseille Winter schedules with one new based aircraft at each airport (6 aircraft in total), and 9 new routes.

Ryanair’s new Toulouse base will deliver:

2 based aircraft ($200m investment)
11 new routes to Alicante (2 pw), Brest (3), Budapest (2), Lille (daily), Luxembourg (3),         Marseille (daily), Oujda (2), Palermo (2), Porto (3), Tangier (2) & Valencia (2)
20 routes in total
1 million customers p.a. (+21%)
60 new Ryanair jobs
750* “on-site” jobs p.a.

Ryanair’s Marseille W19 schedule will deliver:

One extra based aircraft ($300m investment in total)
16 new routes to Agadir (2 pw), Alicante (2), Bologna (3), Bordeaux (4), Catania (2), Copenhagen (2), Essaouira (2), Manchester (2), Milan Bergamo (4), Naples (2), Ouarzazate (2), Prague (2), Sofia (2), Strasbourg (3), Tel Aviv (3) & Toulouse (daily)
43 routes in total
65 million customers p.a. (+38%)
90 new Ryanair jobs
1,990* “on-site” jobs p.a.

Ryanair’s Bordeaux W19 schedule will deliver:

One extra based aircraft ($300m investment in total)
23 new routes to Bari (2 pw), Bologna (2), Brest (3), Budapest (2), Cologne (3), Copenhagen (2), Dublin (2), Krakow (2), Lille (daily), Lisbon (5), Malaga (2), Manchester (2), Marseille (4), Nador (2), Nantes (4), Naples(2), Ouarzazate (2), Oujda (1) Palermo (2), Prague (2), Strasbourg (3), Tangier (2) & Treviso (3)
32 routes in total
4 million customers p.a. (+186%)
90 new Ryanair jobs
1,050* “on-site” jobs p.a.

In Bordeaux, Ryanair’s Chief Commercial Officer, David O’Brien said: “We are pleased to open a new French base in Toulouse and launch our biggest ever Bordeaux and Marseille winter schedules, as we base 4 aircraft and invest $400m at the three airports. Our growth will deliver 1.1 million customers per annum at Bordeaux Airport, 2.4 million customers at Marseille Aiport, and 1 million customers at Toulouse while creating 240 Ryanair jobs across the three bases and supporting over 3,000 ancillary jobs in the regions."

Philippe Crébassa, Chairman of the Board of Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, said: “We are very pleased that Ryanair is strengthening its presence in Toulouse. The opening of a base with two aircraft will allow to develop the offer of the company from the Pink City. The 11 new routes announced by Ryanair are also excellent news for the attractiveness of Occitanie in Europe.”

Julien Boullay, Commercial and Marketing Director, Marseille Airport, said: “We are pleased to see Ryanair accelerate its development in Marseille, by basing a third aircraft this winter and by introducing new and highly awaited destinations, including Copenhagen in Northern Europe, Sofia in Eastern Europe and Essaouira in Morocco.

As of November 2019, Ryanair will grow its flights schedule by nearly 50%, which is excellent news for our region, both from a tourism and an economic point of view!”

Pascal Personne, Charmain of  Bordeaux Airport’s board, said: “Ryanair’s decision to add a third aircraft during the first winter of its new base in Bordeaux is extremely encouraging and shows that the first results are already considered positive by the company. This complementary commitment can only benefit our region and significantly increase mobility offered by our platform to all residents of Bordeaux and Nouvelle-Aquitaine, as several routes operated only during the summer will now be operational in the long-term.

With the launch of new routes such as Nador and Oujda, Bordeaux becomes one of the French airports where Morocco will be the most easily accessible, nine cities of the Moroccan Kingdom will be connected directly. “