Ryanair is to open a new base in Toulouse, France, from October 2019.

The airline’s $200 million investment in its winter 2019 schedule will see it base two aircraft at the airport, from where it will operate 20 routes, 11 of which are new.

Flights to and from Alicante, Brest, Budapest, Lille, Luxembourg, Marseille, Oujda, Palermo, Porto, Tangier and Valencia will deliver around one million passengers a year at Toulouse airport.

Chief commercial officer David O’Brien said: “We are delighted to announce a $200 million aircraft investment at Ryanair’s third French base in Toulouse airport, which will deliver one million customers per annum, create 60 Ryanair pilot and cabin crew jobs and support 750 airport jobs.

Philippe Crébassa, chairman of the Board of Toulouse-Blagnac airport, added: “We are very pleased that Ryanair is strengthening its presence in Toulouse. The opening of a base with two aircraft will allow to develop the offer of the company from the Pink City.

“The 11 new routes announced by Ryanair are also excellent news for the attractiveness of Occitanie in Europe.”

Meanwhile, Ryanair confirmed that directly employed pilots based in Belgium have voted by a majority of 98% in favour of a  collective labour agreement covering pay and conditions for the next four years. The agreement was negotiated between the carrier and the unions BeCa, CNE-CSC and LBC-NVK.