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Ryanair aims for 1m passengers from Manchester Airport

RYANAIR is to increase services to Brussels as it looks to take Manchester Airport passenger numbers to a million this year.

The low-cost Irish airline is to step up from four flights a week to a daily service to Charleroi Airport.

Ryanair said the extra services from June 6 would add 40,000 passengers and would create 40 jobs.

Last year, it handled 634,000 passengers from Manchester - up from 325,000 in 2007.

It anticipates that the increased service to Brussels combined with organic growth will help it break through the one million passenger threshold.

Ryanair's spokeswoman Laura McCormack said: "Our traffic from Manchester has increased by 49 per cent over the past year which leads me to believe that we are in a good position to break through the 1m passenger mark in 2009.

"The increased service to Brussels' Charleroi is in response to the needs of our business users, who have indicated to us that they want more flights.

"While other airlines such as British Airways and BMI withdraw routes, Ryanair continues to go from strength to strength.

"Ryanair will keep people flying in and out of Manchester in these recessionary times by offering great destinations at the guaranteed lowest fares and no fuel surcharges.

"We are delighted to reaffirm our commitment to Manchester Airport and are looking at further growth opportunities during 2009.

"With airports across the UK struggling to maintain passenger figures due to a downturn in the economy and ludicrous tourist taxes, Ryanair calls on Gordon Brown to support the tourism sector by repealing the nonsensical tourist tax."

Ryanair said it was knocking 50 per cent off its one million lowest fares which are now available for just £5 for travel across Europe in April, May and June.

Last month, the M.E.N. reported that Ryanair intended to cut the number of services it operates from Dublin to Manchester in a row with the Irish government over a new 10 euros tourist tax.

The airline intends to reduce the number of flights it offers each week from 30 to 23 over the summer season.

In addition to Brussels, Ryanair also offers flights from Manchester Airport to the Spanish city of Barcelona, the German cities of Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Bremen, the French city of Marseille, the Italian cities of Milan and Cagliari and the Irish cities of Dublin and Shannon. Ryanair's passenger numbers rose 13 per cent to 14m last year.

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Ryanair puts brakes on Manchester expansion

Low cost carrier Ryanair said today it would not expand at Manchester Airport until it starts paying less for landing fees, passenger facilities and air traffic control services.

Last month the airline announced it was to increase frequency on its Brussels (Charleroi) route from four days a week to a daily service. It also forecast the number of passenger flying on its services from Manchester would reach 1 million during 2009, thanks to new routes and increased frequency of flights.

But Lesley Kane, Ryanair’s head of sales and marketing today said growth plans have been scaled back. She said 800,000 passengers was now a more likely figure - a 26 per cent increase on the 634,000 who flew with the Irish airline from Manchester during 2008. Kane also said there were now no plans to increase the number of routes.

Kane said: “There is the issue of the cost base at the airport. We don’t have low cost deal with Manchester Airport so it doesn’t make sense to expand there when we can get a much better deal in Milan for example. It doesn’t make sense to grow in a market where costs are significantly higher than Europe.

“I am aware that we are in discussions with Manchester Airport. We are trying to look at ways to work together to increase traffic but we’ll only grow when we have a low cost deal.”

In February, Manchester Airport saw passenger volume fall to 1.17 million, a drop of 16.8 per cent when compared with the same period last year.

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It would seem that Ryanair are up to their usual tricks, playing games with airports and handling companies. It's less than a month since Ryanair had reportedly said that they wanted to up passenger numbers at Manchester to a million and now they're saying ah, but not until you reduce your fees! I would like to think that Manchester airport wont be bossed around so easily but lets face it, right now it's a dog eat dog industry, so anything could happen.
 

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Ryanair boss: Manchester will continue to grow

Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary has singled out Manchester Airport for future growth.

He cited Manchester, Glasgow, Bristol, Liverpool and Edinburgh as cities where the airline was still planning to grow in the future.

The airline chief said that despite passenger numbers falling in the year, from 34m to 32m, he was hopeful of doubling them by expanding existing bases and opening up new ones in the coming years.

His comments were made as his airline announced a temporary freeze on all UK growth until the government scraps the Airport Passenger Duty (APD) and speeds up the break up of BAA. The £10 APD will rise to £11 in November and £12 in November 2010.

O’Leary claimed APD had caused tourism in Britain to collapse, adding: “Gordon Brown's £10 tourist tax will see Britain lose over 10m passengers, 10,000 airport jobs and more than £2.5bn in tourism spend in the UK alone this year.”


http://www.crainsmanchesterbusiness.co. ... ue-to-grow

You're right, Aviador.

Can you ever really ever take anything at face value that Ryanair spokespeople, especially MOL, say? Every utterance is geared to an objective they have in mind.
 

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The article is laughable. Notably Glasgow is mentioned as well despite the Glasgow Prestwick airport having seen numerous cuts over recent months.
 

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So MOL pulls the plug on Manchester with the loss of all but one of the eleven destinations on offer from there and 634,000 passengers annually.
 

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And the BBC news says all but one of the routes will be operated from either Leeds, East Mids or Liverpool. If that is true then Leeds is about to gain additional routes over and above the 17 announced last week.
 

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It seems this week, Manchester Airport has come to some sort of agreement with Ryanair to re-base 5 aircraft. It comes as FR monitor how their previous routes from MAN are doing at their new bases. One example, is the BRE route, moved to LPL, but carrying 1000 less pax per month.

Ryanair dont give in with their neogotiations, so i can only assume the airport has bowed down to Ryanair.

It just makes me wonder, how this will effect the likes of BHX, LBA and LPL with FR?
 

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I've said it before and I'll say it again, any airport that comes to rely on Ryanair, particularly the smaller ones, could be left very vulnerable should Ryanair suddenly decide to leave them. The words 'wouldn't touch' and 'bargepole' come to mind.
 

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It was often referred to as a base by both the airline and the media, but as we know, they never actually had any based aircraft or crew at the airport.
 

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Not heard anything more on this...although a source from FR informs me they are rather busy at this moment in time working out all the Winter 10/11 schedules for all their bases.
 

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Looks like ryanair are back into Bed with Manchester Airport.

They have just gone and announced 4 new non based routes to Manchester from Alicante, Faro, Madrid and Tenerife South along with an Humberside-Alicante route as well.

http://www.ryanair.com/en/news/ryanair-announces-4-new-manchester-routes-to-alicante-faro-madrid-and-tenerife

Ryanair Announces 4 New Manchester Routes to Alicante, Faro, Madrid & Tenerife

MAN – DUBLIN ROUTE RAISED FROM 4 TO 6 FLIGHTS DAILY

5 ROUTES, 600,000 PAX & 600 JOBS AT MANCHESTER

Ryanair, the world’s favourite airline, today (26th Jan) announced four new low fare sun routes from Manchester to Alicante, Faro, Madrid and Tenerife and increased frequencies on its Dublin route (from four to six flights daily) as it unveiled its Manchester summer 2011 schedule. Ryanair’s five Manchester routes will offer the lowest fares to Ireland, Portugal and Spain and deliver passenger savings of over £6m this year compared to the higher fares of Easyjet, Jet2 and Monarch. Ryanair will grow to over 600,000 passengers in 2011 at Manchester Airport, sustaining 600 jobs.

Ryanair also announced a new twice weekly service from Humberside Airport to Alicante starting from 12 April. To celebrate its five low fares Manchester and Humberside routes Ryanair released 1m £7 seats for travel across 500 European routes in February. These £7 seats must be booked on http://www.ryanair.com before midnight (24:00hrs) Monday 31st Jan. Ryanair’s four new low fares sun routes from Manchester go on sale on http://www.ryanair.com on Thursday 27th and flights begin on the 14th April next, just in time for the Easter school holidays.

Speaking in Manchester, Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary said:

“Manchester today celebrates four new low fares Ryanair sun routes to Alicante, Faro, Madrid and Tenerife and increased frequencies on its Dublin route. We expect Ryanair’s five Manchester routes to deliver 600,000 passengers and sustain 600 jobs in Manchester while saving passengers over £6m in 2011 on the fares offered by Manchester’s high fares airlines.

“To celebrate our Manchester summer schedule Ryanair is releasing 1m £7 seats for travel across Europe in February. Since seats at these crazy low prices will be snapped up quickly, we urge passengers to book them immediately on http://www.ryanair.com.”

FIVE RYANAIR LOW FARES MANCHESTER ROUTES
Route Easyjet Jet2 Monarch Aer Lingus Ryanair
Alicante £38.99 £39.99 £29.99
Faro £39.99 £48.99 £29.99
Madrid £39.99
Tenerife £65.99 £49.99 £69.99 £39.99
Dublin £29.99 £15.99


*Comparison of cheapest one-way fares (incl taxes and charges) available 14th April -31st August
 

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‘Go for a wee before you get on the plane...’

Simon Binns for Manchester Confidential meets Michael O’Leary, Ryanair’s cheeky chief exec

Michael O’Leary certainly made an impression on his flying visit to Manchester this week. The cocksure Ryanair chief executive was full of praise for the new management team at Manchester Airport and couldn’t resist a jibe at some of his rivals.
The four new routes represent a canny deal for Manchester Airport and suggest that Ryanair – for all their bluster otherwise – do actually need a proper presence here. The new airport management team are making strides in the right direction with some good route wins in the last few months. Not to forget the A380.
So, Ryanair and the airport are friends again. It certainly won’t be dull.
Simon Binns sat down with Mr O’Leary for a cup of coffee and a pastry in Terminal 2 – here are the highlights.

For full article go to http://www.manchesterconfidential.co.uk ... _16770.asp
 

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[textarea]Ryanair wants to carry 5 million passengers via Manchester Airport

Ryanair is in talks with Manchester Airport about introducing new routes that could see up to five million extra passengers pass through the hub, the Manchester Evening News reports. The budget airline's chief executive, Michael O’Leary, was speaking a day after the newspaper revealed that Ryanair had struck a multi-million pound deal with the airport to introduce four new routes and increase the frequency on its single current route. He said the next step is to base his planes at Manchester – which would mean dozens of new routes and would also create additional jobs.

Mr O’Leary told the newspaper: ‘This will be incremental growth but we are growing like gang-busters. The challenge for us is that we still don’t have a base here. There’s the possibility of opening up a base but it’s important for us not to run before we can walk. We’ve been here before and fallen out but hopefully at the end of the summer we will be announcing more growth at Manchester and if we were looking at a base it could be between three and five million passengers annually.’

The deal announced yesterday, understood to be worth at least £3m a year, will bring 600 jobs and 600,000 passengers to the region, with new routes to Alicante in Spain, Faro in Portugal, Tenerife and Madrid, as well as increased frequencies on its existing Dublin service. It will boost traffic at Manchester Airport by between four and five percent a year.

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We'll see.

It's par for the course for Ryanair to make all sorts of extravagant promises when they climb into bed with an airport.

More often than not the promises turn out to be huge exaggerations.

I thought Ryanair had put UK airports on the back burner because of the increased apd which it says it detests. Is MAN in some way immune from this tax?
 

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We'll see.

It's par for the course for Ryanair to make all sorts of extravagant promises when they climb into bed with an airport.

More often than not the promises turn out to be huge exaggerations.

I thought Ryanair had put UK airports on the back burner because of the increased apd which it says it detests. Is MAN in some way immune from this tax?
It does make you laugh when the airline comes out with the most outrageous statements like "we will bring 'thousands' of extra 'well paid' jobs for 'local people' ",which seems to be the standard issue press release when they launch a new base. I wish Manchester airport well with them, but like all the other airports they operate into, the airline comes with baggage!
 

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Ahhh but is Business with Baggage better than no bussiness at all for an airport that has been a 20% drop in its passenger numbers since 2006?
 
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Ryanair now going to operate ALC at 9 weekly rather than the planned 6 weekly. Good to see the route increased so soon after it was launched.
 
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And now MAN gets a 5 weekly PMI route, thats 6 destinations with 73 weekly frequencies (there and back)

Nearly up to the 10 routes we lost 15 months ago!
 
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