Ryanair announces Newcastle base

The airline is set to introduce two new aircraft to the gateway, increasing its network from seven to 19 

Low-cost airline, Ryanair has announced the opening of its new base for next summer at Newcastle Airport, with plans to operate two aircraft and 63 weekly departing flights on 19 routes.  

The carrier also plans to introduce 12 new connections to its network, including a variety of international destinations across Europe.  

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Ryanair already provides flights to Palma, Malaga, Alicante and Faro from the northern gateway. 

“We are delighted to launch a new UK base, which represents a £143m investment at Newcastle,” said Eddie Wilson, Ryanair CEO. “This development will create over 60 direct jobs and offer our UK customers a host of European hotspots to choose from next Summer, including popular destinations such as Paphos, Chania, Menorca, Ibiza and Zadar. 

“We have seen massive demand for flights from Newcastle this summer as UK customers flock to the beaches of Spain and Portugal and now customers will have much wider choice next summer with the addition of these 12 new routes.” 

Nick Jones, chief executive at Newcastle International Airport, added: “Today's announcement from Ryanair to base two aircraft [here] for summer 2022 is very significant news for both the airport and the region. Ryanair’s investment is a sign of growing confidence and will provide the North East public with a great selection of new destinations and extra weekly frequencies, providing more options for leisure and business travel. This will create new jobs for pilots, cabin crew and engineering alongside support services, and will generate economic value for the wider area.” 

With the addition of the two based aircraft, the number of routes from the base will go from seven to 19, including flights to Milan and Riga. 

The airline also added six new routes from Shannon Airport earlier this month, with services to Corfu and Gran Canaria beginning this week.