Ryanair axes more routes than added, first time ever
Low-cost carrier Ryanair has axed more routes this summer than added – for the first time ever. The airline’s focus appears to be shifting to major airports, leaving secondary low-cost airports suffering, anna.aero reports.
In Scandinavia the big losers are the airports Stockholm Skavsta, which has lost 14 Ryanair routes, and Oslo Rygge, which loses nine. In Stockholm that’s a loss of 56 weekly departures in August 2014 measured against August 2013; in Oslo 36.
Ryanair is operating fewer routes this summer than it did last summer, while the number of flights and seat capacity remain about the same. The carrier is launching 138 new routes but dropping as many as 222. This means that, possibly for the first time, the airline is seeing its average weekly frequency grow year-on-year.
Airports hit hardest by the Ryanair cuts are in Barcelona, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Milan, Stockholm and Oslo. It has withdrawn summer service from 10 airports, including a couple in the Nordics: Angelholm, Constanta, Doncaster/Sheffield, Jonkoping, Kalmar, Klagenfurt, Karlstad, Magdeburg/Cochstedt and Targu Mures.
Airports with the biggest increase in weekly departures include Rome Fiumicino, Athens, Brussels, Lisbon, Dublin and London Stansted.
[photo courtesy Ryanair]