25 Feb 2003
Ryanair, Europe's largest low fares airline, continues its meteoric growth with the announcement today (Tuesday 25 February 2003) that it is adding a THIRD Boeing 737-200 series aircraft to its Glasgow Prestwick base and, as a consequence, is launching a new direct daily low-cost service to Barcelona Girona.
This is the first-ever daily year-round scheduled service to link Scotland with Spanish sunshine on the Costa Brava, the area that virtually invented the sun and sea holiday.
This now means that Glasgow Prestwick has gained three superb new routes this year with Bournemouth already in operation and Stockholm starting on 4th April.
The new daily Boeing 737 jet service will commence on 22 May 2003 from Glasgow Prestwick airport. The flight time will be just two and a half hours, fares will start at just £29.99 one-way including tax, and bookings can be made from today on www.Ryanair.com. This fare represents a saving of 66% on the next cheapest direct fare.
For the Scottish consumer it's fantastic news. It's the first low-cost daily service to Spain from Scotland whether for business travel or for those looking for a short break in Barcelona, one of Europe's liveliest cities, or in some of Spain's prettiest coastal towns and villages.
Scottish tourism bosses will also welcome the news, as the new route will boost the numbers of high-spending Spanish visitors to Scotland, exactly what Scottish tourism needs. With 70,000 passengers expected to travel on this route in the first year, it will be a major boost for the Scottish economy.
Ryanair Sales Manager Scotland Kathryn Munro said: "This is a fantastic announcement for Glasgow Prestwick and for Scotland. Ryanair is the only low cost scheduled airline committed to sustained growth and low fares in Scotland. We now fly to more direct European destinations than any other airport in Scotland and at the lowest rices. "Basing the third aircraft at Glasgow Prestwick means the recruitment of up to ten new pilots and fifteen new cabin crew for the base in addition to the major asset investment of the plane into Glasgow Prestwick. We have been at Glasgow Prestwick for some nine years and we'll see massive growth this year with over two million Ryanair passengers going through the airport.
"We know this route will continue the huge success of our existing Scottish routes and that it will very popular with the Spaniards who can now access Scotland at the lowest fares. We already have three routes operating to Barcelona (Girona) from our bases at London Stansted, Frankfurt Hahn and Milan, and expect that this new service to Scotland will be just as popular."
Glasgow Prestwick Managing Director Tom Wilson said: "This is tremendous news. To be able to fly to Barcelona from Scotland for under £30 will be welcomed by many Scots who have until now had to pay high prices. The announcement again underpins Ryanair's commitment to Glasgow Prestwick and to the delivery of low fares to the people of Scotland."
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