2 Sep 2004
Ryanair, Europe's No. 1 low fares airline, today (Thursday 2nd September 2004) announced major expansion plans for its Glasgow Prestwick Base with the launch of 4 NEW routes to:
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Ryanair already operates 15 direct daily international low fare routes from Scotland, 13 of which operate from Glasgow Prestwick. With this significant increase in routes Ryanair expects to carry 3 million passengers to/from Scotland in the coming year. The increase in routes, destinations and passenger numbers is also great news for Scotland, because it will create and sustain more new jobs and boost the Scottish Tourism Trade.
Announcing the new routes in Glasgow today, Ryanair's Deputy Chief Executive, Michael Cawley said:
"Ten years ago Ryanair launched its first service from Glasgow Prestwick to Dublin, and today Ryanair is Scotland's No.1 international airline. That day was to mark the beginning of a revolution in Scottish air travel by bringing the lowest air fares ever to Scotland and that revolution continues today with the announcement of 4 brand new European routes, bringing our Scottish route network to 19.
Across these 19 routes we will carry 3m passengers to/from Scotland in a year and our business will contribute in excess of £120million to the Scottish Economy in the coming year.
Our 4 new routes alone will carry over 400,000 passengers to/from Scotland in their 1st year of service and we expect them to boost in-bound tourist numbers by 200,000 visitors.
Once again we welcome the on-going support of Scottish Enterprise and Visit Scotland.
Seats for the new routes are on sale right now at www.ryanair.com. We would urge the public to book now, as these great value fares will be snapped up."
Welcoming today's announcement, Phil Walker, Executive Chairman of Glasgow Prestwick International Airport, said:
"With these new routes in place, Ryanair will operate 17 destinations from Glasgow Prestwick, including 15 international routes. In fact, Glasgow Prestwick will now have more direct daily European scheduled services than any other airport in Scotland. That's a huge vote of confidence in Ryanair's partnership with Scotland's fastest growing airport."
Commenting on today's announcement, Philip Riddle, Chief Executive Visit Scotland, said:
"The proliferation of direct routes into Scotland is extremely encouraging, as ease of access is hugely important in attracting visitors from Europe and further afield. These new services, alongside those already established, represent a major boost for our country's economy, and play a significant part in our ambition to grow the value of Scottish tourism over the next decade."
3 of the four new routes are being supported through the Scottish Executive's Route Development Fund, which is administered on its behalf by Scottish Enterprise.
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