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Weekly Edition - Published  08 September 2016


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Ryanair to expand operations and add over 200,000 extra seats from LJLA

Ryanair’s Robin Kiely (2nd left) with LJLA’s Andrew Cornish (far right) celebrating today’s announcement with Ryanair cabin crew members Owen Strocker and Sarah Twist.

RYANAIR has announced that they will be expanding operations from Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) for Summer 2017 with 5 new destinations to be served during the Summer and increases in frequency on existing services. The airline's expansion will bring up to an extra 15 departing flights per week and over 200,000 additional seats on sale from Liverpool compared to this year and an expected 11% growth in Ryanair passenger traffic.

The new routes to be featured from Liverpool for next Summer are to:- Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, Sofia the capital of Bulgaria, Marrakesh in Morocco, the Spanish Catalan City of Girona and Bari in Southern Italy. In addition there will be increased departures each week to Warsaw in Poland, Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands, Palma de Mallorca, Faro on the Portuguese Algarve and to the Spanish holiday destinations of Alicante and Malaga.

This will see Ryanair serve some 32 destinations from Liverpool next Summer and this latest expansion of their services is expected to further continue the growth in passenger numbers that the Airport has been experiencing for the past 18 months.  Ryanair celebrated the launch of its Liverpool summer schedule and new routes by launching a 100,000 seat sale at prices starting from just £19.99, across its entire European network, for travel in October and November, which must be booked by midnight, on Monday, 12 September 2016. Andrew Cornish, CEO for Liverpool John Lennon Airport added:- "This latest commitment from Ryanair towards the Airport and the City Region is a reflection of the confidence that we both have in the opportunities for further growth here. Ryanair recognise the recent investment put in by the Airport with improved facilities and our best in class customer service, giving the region's travellers a great Airport experience typified by our Faster. Easier. Friendlier marketing."

Robin Kiely, Head of Communications at Ryanair added:- "We are pleased to launch our Liverpool Summer 2017 schedule earlier than ever, which includes 5 new routes to:- Bari, Girona, Marrakech, Prague and Sofia, and more flights to Alicante, Faro, Gran Canaria, Malaga, Palma and Warsaw, which will deliver 2 million customers p.a. and support 1,400 jobs at Liverpool John Lennon Airport. Liverpool customers and visitors have a great choice of low fare sun getaways, with 32 summer 2017 routes to choose from, making Ryanair the ideal choice for families, leisure travel and business customers, who can enjoy our new cabin interiors, great new digital features, more new destinations and even lower fares, as we continue to roll out our 'Always Getting Better' programme. Customers can look forward to even lower fares when they make advance bookings for Summer 2017. As our recent guidance confirmed, Ryanair expects average fares to fall by between 10% to 12% in the 6 months to March 2017, so there's never been a better time to book a low fare flight on Ryanair and we urge all customers who wish to book their summer 2017 holidays to do so now on the website, where they can avail of the lowest fare air travel to and from Liverpool."


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