Ryanair Pushes Ahead with Ex­pan­sion with First Flights to Turkey

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Ryanair added Turkey to its list of des­ti­na­tions, con­tin­u­ing an ex­pan­sion from its tra­di­tional Euro­pean mar­kets by dipping a toe into a large mar­ket where the tourism sec­tor is show­ing signs of re­cov­ery.

Europe’s largest bud­get car­rier, which re­cently be­gan fly­ing from Jor­dan for the first time, will op­er­ate two new routes weekly from Dublin and Bratislava to the south-western Turk­ish re­sort of Dala­man from June, 2018.

Turkey’s tourism in­dus­try has suf­fered in re­cent years as travel com­pa­nies and air­lines switched their at­ten­tion to Spain af­ter mil­i­tant at­tacks and a failed mil­i­tary coup af­fected de­mand for travel to Turkey.

The re­sult­ing com­pe­ti­tion put pres­sure on prices and was one of the rea­sons be­hind the demise of air­lines

Air Berlin and Monarch in 2017.

How­ever Europe’s largest travel group TUI said last month that book­ings for Turkey had picked up, echo­ing ri­val Thomas Cook which also saw in­creased de­mand.

Hote­liers have pre­dicted that tourism in Turkey will make a ma­jor come­back this sum­mer as Ger­mans and Rus­sians flock back to its beaches.

The num­ber of for­eign vis­i­tors to Turkey was up 28 per­cent at 32.4 mil­lion in 2017 and is ex­pected to rise fur­ther to more than 38 mil­lion this year.

Ryanair car­ried al­most 130 mil­lion pas­sen­gers last year, the vast ma­jor­ity on routes in the Euro­pean Union, but it also flies to some non-eu coun­tries, in­clud­ing Is­rael and Morocco.

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