From March next year Ryanair will offer a total of 63 weekly return flights to popular summer holiday destinations such as Limoges, Montpellier, Nantes and Carcassonne.
Ryanair says their move to Leeds Bradford will create 1,000 sustainable jobs and will increase the airline’s annual passenger traffic to over one million passengers.
John Parkin, chief executive at Leeds Bradford, said: “This is a great vote of confidence in the potential of both the airport and our region from Europe’s largest airline.”
In July it was reported that up to 140 routes from Britain to mainland Europe have disappeared during the last year, as airlines seek to make savings in the face of falling passenger numbers and rising costs. Ryanair scrapped dozens of routes out of Stansted and Dublin, blaming the air taxes imposed by the British and Irish governments. However, the recent poor weather across Britain, coupled with the Met Office’s revising its prediction of a barbeque summer, has boosted the number of Britons taking flights to Europe.