Four new routes from London-area airports have been scheduled by Ryanair as part of an expanded flying programme from summer 2016.
The low-cost carrier will start flights to Milan Malpensa, Sofia and Verona from Stansted and add Vilnius to its network from Luton.
The airline plans to operate more than 150 routes from Stansted, Luton and Gatwick next summer, with additional frequency on 20, giving total projected carryings of 22.8 million passengers.
Ryanair plans to introduce a new personalised website with digital features such as ‘hold the fare’ and destination content from October, as well as an enhanced insurance offering.
New crew uniforms and improved inflight menus are planned from November and new cabin interiors from January.
Defibrillators will be deployed on all aircraft from November, following passenger consultation.
The 2016 flying programme will see 37 aircraft based at Stansted running 126 routes, including extra flights to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Berlin and Cologne.
The airline will operate 18 routes from Luton using four aircraft based at the airport and is raising frequency to Copenhagen.
Five routes from Gatwick will serve Dublin, Cork, Kaunas, Shannon and Seville with capacity rising to six daily flights to the Irish capital.
Ryanair chief marketing officer, Kenny Jacobs, said: “After a record summer 2015, where we grew our traffic and load factor and improved our industry leading punctuality, Ryanair is pleased to launch our London summer 2016 schedule, which will deliver 22.8m million customers at Stansted, Gatwick and London Luton airports.
“After introducing allocated seating, a second free carry-on bag allowance, Family Extra and Business Plus services, and reducing our fees in year one, we’ve continued to roll out year two of our ‘Always Getting Better’ programme, which has included new native apps, reduced sports and airport fees and the launch of Ryanair Car Hire, which went live on Ryanair.com yesterday [Tuesday].
“Our 103 million customers can look forward to further improvements in the coming months, including our ground breaking personalised website, with exciting new digital features such as ‘hold the fare’ and real customer destination reviews, and improved menus, new cabin crew uniforms and new cabin interiors on board, with more to come in year three, as we continue to offer so much more than just lowest fares.”
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