Ryanair poised for expansion in Balearics

Ryanair poised for expansion in Balearics

Ryanair is expected to announce plans to expand operations from Majorca and Ibiza in 2012.

Chief executive Michael O’Leary is due to hold a press conference in Palma today (Tuesday) to announce “significant updates” to operations in the Balearic islands, according to local reports.

The carrier’s website shows 22 new routes from Ibiza from March 25 to 27 next year and 21 from Palma including services from Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool, Manchester, Prestwick and Shannon.

Majorca’s airport is the only one in Spain where the no-frills airline does not have a base. Ryanair currently operates from other Spanish airports including Madrid, Barcelona, Girona, Valencia, Alicante, Malaga, Seville, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Tenerife,

Local reports suggested that Ryanair has repeatedly expressed interest in reaching an agreement with Balearic islands’ authorities to jointly promote the destination. The airline announced its 48th European base in Billund, Denmark earlier this month.


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