Ryanair is expected to announce new routes between its Irish airport bases and the Canary Islands shortly as it looks to greatly boost its services from the UK and Ireland to Spain.
The low-cost airline has confirmed that it is in talks with the Government of the Canary Islands to reopen bases in the archipelago. It has also signed a new agreement with Boeing to purchase 210 new aircraft over the next 5 years.
Fifty of these aircraft will be on Spanish routes and a number will operate from Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports.
Ryanair boss Eddie Wilson said his goal is to “reopen new bases but also take advantage of existing ones” to continue growing and offering connectivity in Spain.
This year the airline celebrates its 20th anniversary of operating in Spain and Ryanair is positioned to be the leading airline in the recovery after the pandemic. This will mean 50 million passengers on Spanish routes in 2022, exceeding the 46.6 million in 2019.
In February, Ryanair announced that it would base a third aircraft at Cork Airport and start 7 new routes to destinations across Europe for the spring and summer.
The airline’s CEO, Eddie Wilson, was at Cork airport to make the big announcement.
The new routes to be added are:
- Alghero, Sardinia
The Ryanair boss said an additional €100m would be spent on operations at Cork airport, bringing the total for 2022 to €300m.
As well as a third aircraft permanently based in Cork, there will also be an additional 30 jobs created at the airport and up to 120 Ryanair flights a week.
Cork Airport welcomed the announcement, which brings the total number of Ryanair scheduled routes from Leeside to 25.
As well as more routes to Spain from Cork and Dublin, Michael O’Leary has said they plan to take advantage of the gap left by Spain’s defunct carriers, including Thomas Cook and Norwegian Airlines, to increase their operations.
Ryanair has been planning ahead: O’Leary said they have already paid for 80% of the fuel they will need through March 2023, which will allow them to ride out any volatility in jet fuel prices.