Press article fom 20.07.2006
New Ryanair Routes in a Four-Pack
New connections from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport starting on October 31, 2006 – Flights to Hungary for the first time – Route system to Spain and France also expanded – Top introductory prices and fifty-percent discount on existing routes.
London-Stansted / Frankfurt-Hahn, July 20, 2006: The Ryanair route system is growing and growing. Starting on October 31, 2006, this European market leader for low-price flights will have four new routes from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport on its program. The planners at Ryanair have recognized that the new FlyBalaton airport – near Lake Balaton and the spas in western Hungary – has a great deal of potential and so this low-cost carrier will be heading for this airport in Sármellék as its first year-round destination in Hungary from Germany. The Irish airline already started flying from London to this "Hungarian Sea" last spring. Flights to Valencia in Spain and to Nantes and Biarritz in France are also new. All totalled, there will be a choice of 41 routes from the Frankfurt-Hahn hub.
When its winter schedule takes effect, Ryanair will be flying to Balaton, as well as to the new French destinations in Brittany and on the Atlantic coast, every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Valencia, Spain's third-largest city, will be a daily offer. The introductory fare to get reservations started is a low € 15.99 for a one-way flight, including fees, charges and taxes, if booked on the Internet.
Concerning the expansion of the route system, Katja Zarbock, Sales & Marketing Manager for Germany & Austria, says, "The success story of the FlyBalaton Airport shows that the Lake Balaton region is really starting to get a move on – and now Ryanair is part of it all. As a special treat along with the new routes, we are even going one better! On selected routes throughout Europe, we are offering a fifty percent discount on our prices of the previous week – for instance, our flight to Fez in Morocco, which will also be starting when our winter schedule takes effect, will cost only € 14.44, including taxes, charges and fees, if a week is booked starting next Friday at www.ryanair.de. This and many other bargains will be on offer between September 18 and December 7. By the way, you can board the plane much more quickly with our practical web check-in, which does away with waiting in line and gives you preferred boarding status."
Ryanair, Europe's leading low-price airline, is at this time flying 346 routes in 22 countries and landing at 116 different airports. At present, this low-cost carrier has more than sixteen European hubs and by the end of March 2007, will boast a fleet of 134 Boeing 737-800 aircraft (currently 107 as of July 19, 2006). Added to this are another 100 firm orders to be delivered within the next five years. Ryanair now employs 3,300 members of staff and will carry around 42 million passengers in the current business year 2006-07 (as of June 6, 2006).
In Germany, Ryanair offers routes from the airports Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (where seven aircraft are currently stations and two more will follow in the autumn of 2006), Lübeck, Friedrichshafen and Düsseldorf (Weeze), about 70 km from Düsseldorf on the A 57 highway, as well as Altenburg-Nobitz, Berlin-Schönefeld and Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden.
The company is listed on the stock markets in London and Dublin, and on the NASDAQ. Ryanair has its own website, and the online reservation service on its German-language website, www.ryanair.de is proving to be extremely popular with flyers.
For questions from the press, contact Katja Zarbock, +44 1279 666-211
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