Ryanair Announces UK Expansion

Ryanair Boeing 737 EI-GJI departing Manchester Airport

Ryanair will grow its network with the beginning of operations at Norwich Airport in time for the summer 2024 season.

New Routes Coming

Three summer sunshine routes will launch from Norwich Airport commencing April 1, 2024, with 12 weekly flights being offered to/from the location.

Ryanair says it expects to carry 60,000 passengers alone during the summer 2024 season thanks to operations out of Norwich.

Additionally, over 60 new local jobs will help aid substantial regional growth and development.

Norwich will be connected with service to popular sunshine routes such as Alicante, Faro and Malta. A decision to launch operations from Norwich means this is now the 22nd UK airport from which the airline offers competitive fares and increased connectivity.

Executives of Ryanair and Norwich Aiport celebrate the new announcement and routes.

Ryanair says it’s the No.1 airline in the UK, carrying over 52 million passengers annually to and from the UK with over 440 routes available to its customer base.

With this boosting year-round connectivity and tourism, Ryanair says the 107 dedicated aircraft based within the United Kingdom and other initiatives help support over 37,000 jobs within the UK.

Ryanair Looks Ahead Into The Future

Ryanair adds it’ll continue growing to carry 300 million passengers by 2034. This exceptional growth will only be possible with 400 more aircraft joining.

Notably, as part of these plans for the future, the airline should acquire 300 of the higher capacity 737-10s. This is a variant that’s currently awaiting certification from the FAA. Despite competitors attempting to grow, Ryanair says it’s poised to remain No.1.

Despite frustrations being visibly present over delays in acquiring the 737 MAX thanks to certification and production troubles. The airline remains poised to play a significant role in the long-term success of the MAX series and will continue waiting.

Only in recent weeks was the 737-10 cleared by the Federal Aviation Administration to begin test flights, which was viewed as a critical approval in the final certification and eventual delivery process.

Comments From Executives

As the UK’s No.1 airline, we are delighted to announce that Ryanair’s low fares have finally arrived in Norwich. From 1st April 2024, we will operate 3 exciting new Summer sunshine routes to/from Norwich – Alicante, Faro, and Malta. Our new Norwich operation will not only bring competitive fares and a wider selection of Summer routes to our customers in Norwich and the wider Norfolk region, but will support important regional development through increased connectivity, inbound tourism, and local job creation. We have worked productively with our new partners at Norwich Airport to agree terms which enable Ryanair to deliver this growth and investment for the region, and we look forward to further developing our partnership with Norwich Airport and welcoming Norfolk customers/visitors onboard our Ryanair flights to/from Norwich as we continue to grow to 300 million p.a. by 2034.

 Ryanair’s Head of Communication, Jade Kirwan

This is fantastic news for passengers and the first time that Ryanair has flown from Norwich Airport. Alicante, Faro and Malta are hugely popular destinations and with twice-weekly flights it means we can offer passengers even more great choice from their local airport. We’re delighted to be increasing connectivity for local communities and look forward to growing our partnership with Ryanair.”

Richard Pace, Managing Director of Norwich Airport

The Ryanair Fleet

Ryanair has a fleet of 292 in-service 737 family aircraft with seven units in storage. The overall 737 fleet averages an age of 10.9 years.

As more next-generation 737 MAX aircraft arrive, the expectation is that this average age will continue to drop.

The airline already has 80 737-8s, with 212 in-service 737-800s. As more 737 MAX variants are certified, the aircraft makeup will adjust considerably.

Ryanair has hundreds of aircraft on order to help it grow its operations across the United Kingdom. Additionally, there’ll be a focus on developing in key European markets.

Daniel Fowkes
09 Dec 2023
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