Friday, 18 December 2009

Ryanair to open Málaga operations base

(Agencies) Ryanair has announced a new operations base to open in Málaga in June next year, which will be the low cost airline’s 38th base worldwide and its fifth in Spain. Four aircraft are to be permanently based at the facilities. The company's CEO, Michael O’Leary (photo), gave the news at a press conference in Málaga on Wednesday, announcing that the new base will bring with it 19 new routes from the Costa del Sol capital, bringing Ryanair’s total routes at Málaga Airport up to 39 and its number of flights per week up to 360. The new routes include connections in Spain with Santander, Santiago de Compostela, Zaragoza and Valladolid, and, in Europe, with Berlin Schonefeld, Munich West, Paris Beauvais, Stockholm, Oslo and Venice.>
O’Leary made the announcement dressed as Father Christmas, describing Ryanair, as El Mundo reports, as ‘the angels of all European airports’ and the only company capable of generating growth. The company’s investment in Málaga will create more than 200 direct jobs.

Ryanair celebrated the news of its new base with the release of 500,000 seats available for travel on 500 routes in Europe over the first two months of next year for the price of 5 €. Europa Press said the offer expires at midnight on Thursday 17th December.

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