Ryanair has announced it will increase its routes out of Bournemouth Airport this winter.
Winter sun is increasing in popularity with holiday makers, especially ‘book-it-yourself’ type holidays rather than more traditional package holidays.
As a result of this, the airline is responding to demand and is to start flying to Alicante, Barcelona, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Malaga and Tenerife out of Bournemouth from next March. This equates to an extra 3,400 seats each week out of the airport.
It’s a complete turnaround for the airline that, just three years ago, terminated all its off season operations out of the airport, citing the controversial Air Passenger Duty – APD – tax as one of the main reasons for the decision. However, they also cited it was not a long term strategy.
Ryanair’s Head of Marketing, Lesley Kane, said “We have 16 routes this summer and we have seen a really strong positive demand which gives us a positive outlook for the winter. Back in 2001 we flew 85,000 passengers in and out of Bournemouth and this year we will fly 466,000-470,000 passengers.”