European low fare airline, Ryanair Holdings PLC announced on Wednesday, its introduction of four new flight routes to North Africa and East Europe.
Ryanair, a Dublin-based airline, will now fly from London Stansted airport to Deauville, France and Pula, Croatia. London Luton airport will provide flights to Fez and Marrakech in Morocco.
The expected start date of the new routes is October 31 this year. The new routes will increase the total destination cities offered by Ryanair from Stansted airport to 93 and from Luton airport to 12.
We are delighted to announce these 4 new exciting routesâ€¦Ryanair now carries more passengers than British Airways on its entire worldwide network and offers Londoners more routes to Europe than any other airlineâ€, Ryanair's CEO Michael O'Leary said in a statement.
Another low-cost airline based in London, easyJet, recently established a route between London Gatwick and Marrakech in Morocco on July 4, sparking Ryanair, which currently flies 351 routes, to follow in pursuit. The two airlines have been rapidly expanding their airline routes in Europe, as more business people are taking shorter trips within the continent.
We are looking at other North African states and countries comprising the former Yugoslavia and some of the European Russian states, O'Leary told reporters, according to Reuters.
Ryanair was unlikely to fly further distances as its fleets of Boeing 737 aircraft were not built for longer flights, he said. North Africa will be the furthest the airline will travel to for now.
In a separate statement, Ryanair said it will launch two new routes from Shannon airport in west Ireland, to Bournemouth and Edinburgh in Scotland. The airline will also add a sixth daily frequency on its Dublin to Gatwick service and a fourth daily frequency on its Cork to Dublin service.