Ryanair has launched its Belfast 2017 winter schedule, with a new route to Malta and 12 routes in total, which the airline claims will deliver 1.3m customers p.a. and support 975 jobs at Belfast Airport, as Ryanair grows its Belfast traffic by 85%.
Ryanair’s Belfast winter 2017 schedule will deliver:
1 new route to: Malta (2 wkly)
12 routes in total
61 weekly flights
1.3m customers p.a. (+600,000)
975* “on-site” jobs p.a.
Ryanair will continue to connect Belfast with major business and leisure centres on high frequency, low fare services including London Gatwick (5 daily).
In Belfast, Ryanair’s Chief Marketing Officer Kenny Jacobs said: “We are pleased to launch our 2017 Belfast winter schedule, which includes a new route to Malta and 12 routes in total, which will deliver 1.3m customers p.a. and support 975* jobs as we almost double our traffic at Belfast International Airport. These new routes will go on sale on the Ryanair.com website later today as we continue to grow our Belfast traffic, tourism and jobs.
“We are also pleased to report record bookings on our Belfast summer 2017 schedule and customers can look forward to even lower fares so there’s never been a better time to book a low fare flight on Ryanair. We urge all customers who wish to book their holidays to do so now on the Ryanair.com website or mobile app, where they can avail of the lowest fare air travel to and from Belfast.
“The UK Government missed a golden tourism opportunity in the Spring Budget by not only retaining, but increasing APD. We urge the Government to follow the Irish example and scrap APD entirely to allow traffic, tourism and jobs to grow and ensure UK regional airports can compete and attract more business, particularly in the face of Brexit uncertainty. Taxing tourists at the point of entry simply makes countries less attractive to airlines and visitors, particularly for regional UK airports.”