Ryanair has further expanded its Leeds Bradford Airport winter 2016 schedule - with two new routes to growing economies Bratislava in Slovakia, and Vilnius in Lithuania.
Today’s announcement adds to the new Gran Canaria and Warsaw routes introduced by Ryanair this year; in total serving 1.1m customers each year, supporting an average of 825 jobs at Leeds Bradford Airport.
Ryanair’s Leeds Bradford winter 2016 schedule now includes 51 weekly flights across 15 different routes.
Slovakia is one of 9 Central and East European (CEE) markets. It has enormous growth potential, with over 100 UK-owned companies already operating over there.
Lithuania has come out of recession quickly. It’s currently among the fastest growing economies in the EU, and is the largest of the 3 Baltic States.
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Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said: “We are pleased to launch two more new routes from Leeds Bradford to Bratislava and Vilnius, as part of our winter 2016 schedule, as we grow by over 20%. These twice weekly services will be popular with both leisure and business customers and we look forward to continuing to grow both traffic and jobs at Leeds Bradford Airport.”
Tony Hallwood, aviation development director at Leeds Bradford Airport, said:“Ryanair’s Vilnius and Bratislava routes from Leeds Bradford Airport are a great addition to their winter schedule from LBA; both are fantastic destinations for city breaks and for business travel.
“We’re really pleased that Ryanair are investing further in their routes from Leeds Bradford, helping to secure jobs for people across our region and provide even more route choice to our customers.”
Mark Robson, UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) regional director for Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “Anything that gives wings to our relentless efforts to open up markets for first time and established exporters in Yorkshire and the Humber is to be welcomed and supported. We applaud Ryanair’s commitment to connect Leeds Bradford with these rapidly expanding economies that offer great opportunities to businesses wanting to expand their horizons and congratulate it on reaching and surpassing more than 50 weekly flights.”