Ryanair an­nounces 10 new sum­mer routes from Malta

The Malta Business Weekly - - NEWS -

Malta will be con­nected to 10 new air­ports in Europe as of next sum­mer, Ryanair an­nounced on Tues­day.

Start­ing as of sum­mer 2019, trav­ellers will have the op­por­tu­nity to fly into Cardiff and Ex­eter air­ports in the UK, Lamezia and Peru­gia in Italy, Nantes in France, Thes­sa­loniki in Greece, Cork in Ire­land, Maas­tricht in the Nether­lands, Oslo Torp in Nor­way and also Lux­em­bourg.

The routes to Nor­way and Lux­em­bourg will be the first that Ryanair will be op­er­at­ing to these coun­tries from Malta.

The ad­di­tion of these routes means that Ryanair now op­er­ates 61 routes out of Malta and it also means that an­other air­craft from their fleet will be based on the is­land. This brings the tally of Ryanair air­craft based in Malta up to six. The new air­craft equates to €100m in in­vest­ment.

Ryanair's David O'Brien said that the ad­di­tion of these routes means that Malta now has more Euro­pean con­nec­tions than Heathrow air­port in Lon­don and pre­dicted that Ryanair's sum­mer sched­ule for 2019 will de­liver 3.1 mil­lion cus­tomers to Malta.

The ex­ec­u­tive chair­man of the Malta Tourism Au­thor­ity Gavin Gu­lia mean­while said that the new routes com­ple­ment the Au­thor­ity's strat­egy of con­nect­ing Malta to as many des­ti­na­tions as pos­si­ble. Dr Gu­lia said that the routes con­nect Malta to pre­vi­ously un­con­nected cities and that this opens up new op­por­tu­ni­ties for Malta and the Mal­tese.

Dr Gu­lia also added that most of the new routes are from des­ti­na­tions which fit the tar­get pro­file of tourists to Malta, namely ur­ban res­i­dents seek­ing Mediter­ranean coastal des­ti­na­tions with a rich cul­tural of­fer­ing.

Ryanair also an­nounced that in cel­e­bra­tion of this news, seats will be re­leased for sale for prices as low as €14.99 for travel from Septem­ber to Oc­to­ber 2018, which are avail­able for book­ing up to to­day, 13 Septem­ber at mid­night.

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