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Ryanair expands at East Midlands airport

[March 27th 2009]

Low fares airline Ryanair is introducing new flights to the popular holiday destinations of Palma and Barcelona from East Midlands airport.

The new flights will begin in time for the peak summer holiday season in July. There will be three flights a week to both Barcelona Reus and Palma in Majorca.

To celebrate its expansion at East Midlands airport, Ryanair has released one million £10 seats for travel across its European network in April, May and June. Tickets for the new flights to Palma and Barcelona are now on sale.

“With a total of 34 low fare routes from East Midlands this summer passengers can beat the recession by choosing Ryanair’s guaranteed lowest fares and no fuel surcharges to exciting destinations all over Europe. Ryanair’s two million passengers will sustain 2,000 jobs locally in East Midlands in 2009,” Ryanair’s John Booty said speaking at East Midlands airport.

Ryanair says that it order to accommodate the two new flights it is closing its East Midlands to Paris (Beauvais) route from July. The low cost airline has also announced that all of its flights to Paris (Beauvais) will be suspended between June 3rd and 10th while the airport is closed for work to upgrade its landing systems.

The airline says it will contact all passengers affected by email to offer them alternative flights or a full refund. “These essential upgrade works will benefit all passengers in the long-term and will help to ensure that Ryanair passengers suffer fewer adverse weather related disruptions on flights to/from Paris (Beauvais),” explains Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara.

Earlier this week Ryanair took delivery of its 200th new Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraft. “The total value of the Ryanair fleet is now over $12billion. We are proud to operate the youngest, greenest and most fuel efficient fleet of any major European airline,” said McNamara.

“This aircraft will help us to grow to 67 million passengers this year as we continue to lower fares and guarantee no fuel surcharges, which is why so many passengers are switching to Ryanair during the current recession,” McNamara added.

Written by: Nick Purdom