Irish Budget Airline, Ryanair, Changes European Destinations

Irish budget airline Ryanair said Sunday it will drop uneconomic services from Shannon to Hamburg, Germany, and Stockholm, Sweden, from Feb. 25.

On the same day, it will launch services from Shannon on Ireland's west coast to Manchester, England; Rome; Wroclaw in Poland; and the Spanish city of Murcia, the airline said.

"Ryanair launched its Shannon base in May and monthly Ryanair traffic at the airport has trebled," said chief executive Michael O'Leary.

"The four new routes will mean that over the next year 1.5 million passengers will use Ryanair's Shannon flights, almost 1 million of whom will be inbound visitors, sustaining 1,500 jobs in this area of Ireland."

Ryanair is Europe's biggest low-fare airline, flying some 35 million passengers annually on 267 routes in 21 European countries. The airline, founded in 1985, has more than 100 Boeing 737-800s and orders for another 125 planes for delivery through 2012.


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