Ryanair announces three new routes from Belfast

Managing Director Graham Keddie welcomed the news
Managing Director Graham Keddie welcomed the news

Ryanair has expanded its Belfast International Airport operation with three new routes to Poland to start in the winter.

Earlier this year the firm announced it was expanding its Belfast operation to include Alicante, Krakow, Berlin, Lanzarote, Malaga, Milan and Tenerife.

Now the airline's Chief Marketing Officer has said that the low-fares airline will provide three new routes to Poland - Gdansk, Warsaw and Wroclaw.

Kenny Jacobs said: “Our new Polish routes will be ideal for both business and leisure customers and we look forward to growing routes, traffic and jobs in Belfast in the coming months and years."

Graham Keddie, Managing Director of Aldergrove, said: "This is more fantastic news from Ryanair. It means that this winter should be one of our busiest ever.

“Gdansk, Warsaw and Wroclaw follow Krakow and deliver a very comprehensive network to a new and important Polish market.

“We currently stand as the eleventh largest airport in the UK, but I expect that with continuing airline expansion and growth in passenger numbers we will break into the top ten before too long. The airport is delivering real economic benefit for Northern Ireland and that means new employment and business opportunities.

“These new Polish routes are delivered without any government support and show only a fraction of what could be achieved if APD [air passenger duty] were removed. Despite this headwind we’re making great progress and have reason to believe we can maintain the momentum.”