Low-cost carrier Ryanair will make Frankfurt Airport its 85th base at the start of the summer 2017 schedule. From March two aircraft will be stationed at the airport, the carrier’s ninth German base, and daily services will be offered to Alicante, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca and Faro.
Fraport’s CEO Dr Stefan Schulte said: “We are pleased to have Ryanair, Europe’s leading low-cost airline, in our programme at Frankfurt soon. Beginning in the summer schedule 2017, we will be offering passengers in our region another attractive travel option – using the modern Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Thus, we are responding to the strong and growing demand in our region for this aviation segment. Ryanair’s decision to come to FRA underscores the increasing importance of Frankfurt for low-cost traffic. We wish Ryanair “Always Happy Landings” here at Frankfurt.”
Fraport says it will meet the low-costs carrier’s requirements by adapting its passenger and terminal processes while Ryanair is predicting its initial four services will see 400,000 passengers per annum using the airport.
Ryanair’s Chief Commercial Officer David O’Brien commented: “Our two based aircraft represent an investment of $200m, which further underlines our commitment to growing traffic, tourism and jobs in the Hessen region. We look forward to working closely with Fraport to deliver industry leading efficiencies and further growth at Germany’s biggest airport.”