Ryanair ready for Danish growth

LCC also expands at Frankfurt’s main airport
Ryanair expects 2.5 million passengers on its 19 Copenhagen Airport routes to this year, 600,000 more than last year.
“In future Ryanair will have 10 million passengers a year at Copenhagen Airport,” said chief executive Michael O’Leary when he presented two new routes, Seville and Liverpool, and expressed criticisms of SAS and Norwegian.
The two routes are part of the carrier’s coming winter program, with four flights a week to Liverpool and two to Seville, while Edinburgh-Copenhagen will grow to five flights a week.
Ryanair so far has 85 bases at European airports where it stations aircraft and crew, and serves nearly 200 airports with its 370 Boeing 737-800s. This year the LCC expects 119 million passengers and predicts this will pass 200 million by 2024.
Ryanair will operate 26 routes to airports in Denmark this year – Copenhagen, Billund and Aarhus – with three million passengers. O’Leary told standby.dk that he could well imagine 10 routes to Aalborg – perhaps even up to 30.
But he criticised Copenhagen Airport for being the most expensive in the Nordics and said that SAS would need even bigger restructuring if it is to survive. “Both SAS and Norwegian have very small profits,” he said.
In related news, Ryanair is building up its Frankfurt Airport flights in challenge to Lufthansa. It currently flies to Frankfurt-Hahn, 120 kilometres from the city.
Summer 2017 will see the first ever Ryanair flights taking off from Frankfurt’s main airport after a deal was struck with operator Fraport – angering Lufthansa, which has long used Frankfurt as a hub.
The airline revealed this week that it would expand routes from Frankfurt in future, to offer 20 new routes to “sexy” destinations across Europe in its winter schedules. But it also warned of challenges ahead for the airline industry from Brexit.
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