Ryanair set to return to Belfast International Airport with 12 new routes

Airline Ryanair has announced it will be returning to Belfast International Airport from summer 2023 with 12 new and exciting routes.

In August 2021, the airline announced that it was ending flights out of Belfast International for issues such as Air Passenger Duty.

However, the airline has now announced that Ryanair is set to return to Belfast International Airport in the summer of 2023.

There will be two Ryanair aircrafts based at Belfast International Airport, and the airline will be operating 12 new and exciting routes. These will include routes to airports in Barcelona, Paris, and Malaga.

12 new routes – an exciting look ahead at next summer

Ryanair set to return to Belfast International Airport with 12 new routes.

After pulling out of the airport last August, there will now be 12 new routes operating out of Belfast International Airport with Ryanair next summer 2023.

These new routes include Barcelona-Girona, Malaga, Alicante, Faro, Manchester, Milan-Bergamo, Stansted, Paris Beauvais, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Gdansk, and Krakow.

Huge investment by Ryanair into Belfast International Airport has made these 12 new routes possible.

Ryanair set to return to Belfast International Airport – Ryanair back at the International

Ryan will return after pulling out last year.
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Last summer, Ryanair announced that the airline was pulling flights out of Belfast International Airport for reasons such as Air Passenger Duty.

Air Passenger Duty is a taxi that adds around €15 onto each flight. Ryanair’s director of commercial, Jason McGuinness, still expresses concerns about this tax.

He said, “To enable additional investment from Ryanair, the UK government must immediately scrap aviation taxes for all flights, otherwise it will put the UK at risk of losing air traffic to competing European countries.”

With new routes comes new jobs – an increase in positions

Ryanair set to return to Belfast International Airport with 12 new routes including Malaga and Paris Beauvais.
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Ryanair has said that basing two aircrafts in Belfast will create hundreds of new jobs. With the flights returning to Belfast International Airport, this will create 60 direct jobs and over 400 indirect jobs.

Jason McGuinness said of this, “At a time when other airlines are cutting their schedules and reducing their workforce, we are delighted to announce a Ryanair base at Belfast International Airport with 12 exciting routes.”

These 12 new routes with two Ryanair aircrafts at Belfast International Airport come as a result of an investment of nearly €200m.

Looking ahead to next summer, will you be using Ryanair’s return to Belfast International Airport and the new and exciting routes to plan a holiday?

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