Ryanair, the top budget-friendly airline in the UK, recently made the announcement to launch 6 new routes which will be operated from London Stansted Airport, London Gatwick Airport and London Luton airport.
The airline announced its new schedule for Summer’23 in London which included 6 new routes to Asturias, Belfast, Cornwall, Edinburgh, Klagenfurt and Leipzig. At the moment over 180 routes are being operated from 3 major London airports.
Ryanair is planning to operate 3,000 weekly flights from and to the 3 London airports with 10% growth as compared to the Summer of 2022. This will provide plenty of choices to the airlines’ clients while booking a much-needed trip at an affordable price during this year’s summer vacation.
This 10% growth is however overshadowed by Ryanair’s $5.7bn investment in London, with 57 based aircraft, supporting over 1,600 direct crew and engineering jobs opportunities.
Furthermore, from April ’23 Ryanair will be starting new domestic routes between London and Belfast, Cornwall and Edinburgh as a response to the UK government’s 50% APD cut for domestic travel. However, this 50% reduction ignores international connectivity, which is fundamental for the UK’s economy and tourism growth. To promote tourism and improve connectivity to the UK, the airline urges the UK Govt to remove APD for all travel immediately.
Michael O’Leary, the CEO of Ryanair In London, said, “Ryanair is pleased to bring even more choices to London citizens and visitors for Summer ‘23. Our schedule grew 10% last Summer, with 3,000 weekly flights scheduled across over 180 routes, incl. 6 new sunshine destinations and increased frequencies on over 30 other popular routes like Berlin, Malaga, Mallorca, Nantes and Palma.”
While the halving of APD on domestic flights from Apr ‘23 has allowed Ryanair to add more domestic routes to our UK schedule for Summer ’23 – incl. London Stansted to Belfast, Cornwall and Edinburgh – if we are to continue to grow and drive traffic/tourism recovery for the UK, Prime Minister Sunak should immediately scrap APD for all travel and provide incentives for airlines like Ryanair to stimulate growth and recovery for the UK, incl. London.
To celebrate Ryanair’s new London routes for Summer ‘23, we are launching a special seat sale with fares from just £29.99 for travel between Apr and Oct ‘23, which must be booked by midnight 19 Jan on Ryanair.com.”