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Ryanair to expand in Germany

The Local · 10 Oct 2012, 13:17

Published: 10 Oct 2012 13:17 GMT+02:00

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While German rivals Air Berlin and Lufthansa are cutting their services, low-cost competitor Ryanair is wants to increase its passenger load, the daily Handelsblatt reported.

The airline wants five percent more passengers next year, Ryanair Vice President Michael Cawley said as he presented the airlines summer flight schedule at Weeze Airport, near Düsseldorf.

Beginning in March 2013, Ryanair plans to add six new routes from Dortmund to Alghero, Barcelona, Faro, Malaga, Palma and Porto. With 14 flights per week, the Dublin-based airline expects to bring in an additional 200,000 passengers a year.

With 79 million passengers in 28 countries, Ryanair is already the largest airline in Europe, Handelsblatt said.

The airline became the subject of criticism in Spain recently after three planes had to make an emergency landing in Valencia because of fuel shortages. But that didn't affect bookings, said Cawley.

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"People do not believe everything they read in the newspaper," he said.

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Your comments about this article

14:57 October 10, 2012 by MrNosey
Weeze isn't 'near Düsseldorf', it's about 90 km or 1 hour drive or 1.5 hours by train away from DUS and is in the middle of nowhere.
16:01 October 10, 2012 by zeddriver
Not sure what your point is MrNosey. All one has to do is consult google maps before booking a flight and they will see where the airport is. No matter what Ryanair names it. Ryanair could call the airport Timbuktu for all I care.

By flying out of smaller airports in the "middle of nowhere" (Germany? Middle of nowhere? That's funny) Ryanair saves tons of money on the usage fees of the large places like Koln, FRA. And for once. The savings by a company is reflected in the price of their product.
19:56 October 11, 2012 by MrNosey
It gives people the illusion they are flying to Düsseldorf, as it is marketed as such. How many people will google where the airport is when they see Düsseldorf in the name? If it didn't matter what it is called, why does RyanAir include Düsseldorf in the name when it is so far away and closer to 2 Dutch cities? It's typical RyanAir advertising, trying to get sales by misleading potential customers.
00:43 October 12, 2012 by zeddriver

I guess people really are stupid. I suppose it's a result of the nanny state doing everything for you. When I flew to Gran Canaria. The Ryanair site clearly showed HHN not FRA. If one can't be bothered to look up HHN. Then maybe they should travel with a "helper".
03:11 October 12, 2012 by Onlythetruth
Now that they have some new routes maybe Ryanair will put enough gas in their planes to actually enable them to reach their new destinations.
14:08 October 12, 2012 by Morseman

You never miss a beat. Anything you perceive as socialist, whether you understand the context or not - health, airlines, prisons - receives a dose of your wisdom.

Assuming you live in Europe, why do you live here?

Have you seen what's going on in US cities? People sleeping on the streets a couple of hundred yards from the center of power in DC. Huge sports stadium used for free dental and medical treatment for indigent Americans. Drive-by shootings, semiliterate presidential candidates.

Lighten up...
16:42 October 12, 2012 by Minitaff
Well said zeddriver!!!
11:03 October 13, 2012 by Morseman

What part of zeddriver's comments do you approve of then, if what he said is "well said"?
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