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Ryanair to Launch Four Additional Routes From New Belfast International Base for Summer 2023

For summer 2023, Ryanair will launch four additional routes from their new Belfast International base, including new service to Budapest, Cardiff, Mallorca and Valencia.


Ryanair Boeing 737-800NG - Courtesy Ryanair

On Monday (December 19, 2022), Ryanair announced that they will launch new service to Budapest, Cardiff, Mallorca and Valencia from their base at Belfast International Airport for the summer 2023 season. The carrier will operate over 140 weekly flights to/from Belfast International Airport next summer, which will be supported by two based aircraft representing a $200 million investment. The schedule includes 16 routes and the new base will support over 800 direct and indirect jobs. Celebrating the four additional routes, Ryanair is offering introductory one-way fares from £29.99. To qualify for the low promotional fares, tickets must be booked by December 21st, 2022 for travel from April through October 2023.


In Monday’s announcement, Ryanair’s Director of Digital & Marketing, Dara Brady, said,


“We are pleased to announce 4 additional routes at our new base at Belfast International for Summer’23 to the exciting destinations of Budapest, Cardiff, Mallorca, and Valencia. We will operate 16 total routes and 2 based aircraft representing an investment of $200m and the creation of over 800 direct/indirect jobs at Belfast International. To encourage additional investment from all airlines from next Summer onward, the UK Government must immediately scrap ADP taxes for all flights, which currently put the UK at risk of losing air traffic to competing European countries.


“To celebrate today’s announcement, we are launching a seat sale with fares available from £29.99 for travel from April’23 until October’23, which must be booked by the 21st of Dec’22. Since these amazing low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and book early to avoid missing out.”


Also commenting on the carrier’s network expansion, Belfast International Airport’s Managing Director, Graham Keddie, added,


“The addition of a further four new routes by Ryanair is a fantastic way to end 2022. These exciting new destinations, particularly Budapest and Cardiff, which are both previously unserved, are most welcome and will provide further connectivity from Northern Ireland. From March 2023 Ryanair will now operate 16 new routes and base two aircraft providing a real boost to the local tourism and business economy.”


Ryanair Holdings, plc is Europe’s largest airline conglomerate and the parent company of Buzz, Lauda, Malta Air, and Ryanair DAC. The airline carries over 150 million passengers annually with more than 2,500 daily departures. Ryanair serves over 200 destinations in 40 countries with a fleet of over 500 aircraft including Boeing 737NGs, Boeing 737-8200 Gamechangers and Airbus A320s with Lauda. Currently, the low-cost carrier has nearly 150 Boeing 737-8200s on order, and will grow their fleet to 600+ aircraft by 2026. Ryanair has maintained a stellar safety record for nearly 40 years and prides itself on being “Europe’s greenest cleanest airline group,” promising customers a reduction in CO2 emissions of up to 50%, versus the “Big 4 EU major airlines.” The company continues to grow across Europe and plans on carrying 225 million passengers annually by 2026.


Source: Ryanair

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