Ryanair opens Birmingham base

Ryanair opens Birmingham baseRyanair opened its 25th base at Birmingham Airport yesterday (June 17th) and announced nine new routes to mark the occasion.

The new flights – to Alicante, Derry, Fuerteventura, Katowice, Kaunas, Krakow, Palma, Malaga and Murcia – will launch in October this year.

Ryanair’s Bridget Dowling said that the opening of the airline’s new base at Birmingham was a "double celebration".

"We’re celebrating the arrival of our first based aircraft here and we’re also announcing a further nine new routes which go on sale today," she said.

The budget airline expects to have aircraft based at Birmingham that, by 2012, will deliver five million passengers per year and sustain 5,000 jobs, boosting the local economy by some £400 million.

Peter Vella, business development director at Birmingham, said he was "delighted" that the airport had become a new base for Ryanair and welcomed the announcement of new routes.

"These new services will offer passengers travelling from their local airport even greater choice and flexibility, allowing them to travel from within their region – whether that be for leisure or business," he added.

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