Ryanair expands operations at London-Stansted - new low-cost routes from London (STN)
Europe’s leading low-cost carrier, Ryanair is launching new routes from London-Stansted airport where the airline already holds a considerable share of all the operations (with 126 existing routes).
As of early 2014, the new routes from Stansted (STN) will be available to the following destinations:
- Basel (BSL) - 14 weekly flights
- Bordeaux (BOD) - 6 weekly flights
- Brive (BVE) - 4 weekly flights
- Bucharest (OTP) - 14 weekly flights
- Comiso (CIY) - 4 weekly flights
- Dortmund (DTM) - 14 weekly flights
- Lisbon (LIS) - 28 weekly flights
- Osijek (OSI) - 4 weekly flights
- Podgorica (TGD) - 4 weekly flights
- Prague (PRG) - 14 weekly flights
- Rabat (RBA) - 6 weekly flights
- Skelleftea (SFT) - 4 weekly flights
At the same time, the airline is planning to increase substantially the frequency of the 17 most popular routes. The destinations seeing the largest increase of weekly flights from London-Stansted are: Madrid, Barcelona, Milan/Bergamo and Rome, with 56 flights per week.
Ryanair growing at Stansted Airport
Stansted Airport is Ryanair’s largest European base.
Adding up new routes and frequencies results from a 10 years agreement signed between Ryanair and Stansted airport operator, Manchester Airports Group (MAG).
The agreement aims to increase the number of Ryanair’s passengers from 13.2 million per year to 20 million per year, in exchange of lower costs and more effective operations at London-Stansted.
According to Ryanair’s estimations, the 2014 growth of route network at Stansted will bring 1.300 000 new passengers and generate 1300 on-site jobs.
Launching of the new routes was celebrated with a promotional sale of 100 000 seats at prices starting from £ 14.99 for flights in January and February.
Changes in Ryanair policies
In an effort to captivate more customers, especially from the business and family travel segment, the Irish carrier has announce relaxing some of it very strict policies and to improve the customer service.
The customer-friendly changes to be revealed on the beginning of 2014 include full allocation of seats - the lack of which was a common complaint amongst travelers flying with the Irish budget carrier - and a more flexible luggage policy.