Ryanair has unveiled plans to add direct services from its Frankfurt Airport base to Manchester and London/Stansted. The Irish low-cost carrier’s new German hub, which is due to go online imminently, will initially be linked to four Iberian destinations (Alicante, Malaga, Palma and Faro) with two based aircraft. Its new services to the UK – twice daily to Stansted and six times a week to Manchester – will be added in October to coincide with the introduction of Ryanair’s winter timetable.
Manchester Airport CEO Ken O’Toole said it was “pleasing” to see Ryanair expand its route network from the facility, adding that Frankfurt “is popular with leisure passengers and a key business market for the North.”
Stansted’s Aviation Director Mats Sigurdson noted the services will also offer travellers the opportunity to connect onto long-haul services via the German hub.
The addition of Frankfurt increases the number of destinations that will be served by Ryanair from Stansted this winter to 124, including new connections to Aalborg, Oradea and Pardubice. The carrier is yet to finalise its Manchester programme.
British Airways will launch seven new routes from Manchester Airport this summer as well as adding three new destinations to its Stansted operations.
From May, the carrier will begin seasonal services from Manchester to Alicante, Malaga, Ibiza, Palma, Mykonos and Nice. It will also introduce a weekly flight to London City Airport. All routes will operate once a week at weekends, with the exception of the Ibiza which will be three times a week.
Stansted will welcome new connections to Florence, Geneva and Nice as well as increased frequency on routes to Ibiza and Palma. Seasonal flights to Malaga and Faro will also return.
All flights will be operated using BA CityFlyer’s Embraer 190s.
Alex Cruz, British Airways CEO and chairman, said: “These are the destinations that our customers tell us they want to fly to so we look forward to a busy summer. In addition, the Thursday night flight from London City, in the heart of the capital’s commercial district, will provide commuters with a valuable air link back to Manchester, with the return flight to London City on a Sunday.”
Manchester Airport welcomed its first commercial Airbus A350 service with the arrival of Singapore Airlines flight SQ52 on January 17.
The aircraft has been introduced on the Star Alliance carrier’s services from the North West Airport to Singapore and Houston. Singapore Airlines’ A350s are configured in a three-class layout with 42 seats in Business, 24 in Premium Economy and 187 in Economy Class.
Sheldon Hee, Singapore Airlines, General Manager of UK & Ireland said: “The A350 is the newest and most advanced aircraft in our fleet and we are delighted to operate this aircraft on our new non-stop routes from Manchester to Singapore and from Manchester to Houston. These services are a commitment to keep investing in delivering an ever better experience for our customers in the north, and with our recent codeshare partnership with Flybe, we will offer convenient access to Houston, Singapore and beyond for our customers.”
The A350 replaces the Boeing 777-300ER which has been operating the services since they were launched on October.
Stephen Turner, Commercial Director at Manchester Airport, said: “The introduction of Singapore Airlines’ A350 is a historic moment for Manchester Airport, with it being the first time to have this aircraft on a scheduled service here. These new non-stop services to Houston and to Singapore are the perfect example of how Manchester Airport connects to global markets to the east and the west. The commencement of this new modern aircraft not only gives our passengers the latest technology but also an additional class when flying with Singapore Airlines. We are delighted to welcome this service and know it will prove popular with not only our 25 million annual passengers, but also our aviation enthusiasts on site.”
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Emirates has confirmed plans to upgrade its Manchester route to an all-Airbus A380 service from next year. The Dubai-based carrier will switch the last of its thrice-daily links from a Boeing 777-300ER on January 1, increasing capacity to the British airport by 11% and adding 2,198 extra seats per week.
Stephen Turner, Commercial Director for Manchester Airport remarked; “It’s fantastic news that Emirates has chosen to increase capacity at the airport by using an A380 on its morning service. It’s an iconic aircraft that is hugely popular with passengers across the region. Emirates has seen consistent growth since it was first introduced on the Manchester route in 2010.”
Elsewhere, Emirates is also amending the timing of its current A380 service into Birmingham from a morning to an afternoon departure slot. It said the move will offer its customers even more connections beyond Dubai with other A380 destinations – ensuring a “seamless A380 to A380” experience. The super jumbo will now operate the last of the airline’s three daily Birmingham flights, EK37/38 (currently EK39/40), arriving in the UK at 18:45 and departing at 20:45.
Emirates will continue to employ its high-density A380s, configured in a two-class, 615 seat layout, on the route.