Ryanair add third aircraft, seven new routes from Paphos for Summer 2018

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Ryanair has launched its biggest ever Paphos summer schedule (2018) with an additional based aircraft (85-million-euro investment) and seven new routes to Bratislava, Bucharest, Budapest, Dublin, Riga, Sofia and Tallinn.

 

Ryanair’s 15 routes are expected to deliver 800,000 customers through Paphos Airport next year, according to the Irish low-cost airline.

 

Ryanair’s Paphos summer 2018 schedule will deliver:

  • Three based aircraft (253-million-euro total investment)
  • Seven new routes: Bratislava (twice weekly), Bucharest (three times weekly), Budapest (three times weekly), Dublin (twice weekly), Riga (twice weekly), Sofia (three times weekly), Tallinn (twice weekly)
  • In total 15 routes to 14 countries
  • 800,000 customers (45 per cent increase)
  • 600 on-site jobs

Cypriot consumers and visitors can now book their holidays as far out as October 2018, on lower fares, and enjoy the latest ‘Always Getting Better’ improvements including:

 

• Reduced checked-in bag fees, one 20kg size
• 20 Air Europa long-haul routes from Madrid on sale via Ryanair’s official website
• Connecting flights at Rome Fiumicino and Milan Bergamo with more airports to follow
• A new partnership with Erasmus Network offering student discounts and a dedicated booking platform
• Alexa voice recognition to search flights, hotels and flight status on the carrier’s official website

 

 

“RECORD NUMBERS”

 

In Cyprus, David O’Brien, Chief Commercial Officer at Ryanair, said: “We are pleased to launch our biggest ever Paphos summer schedule.

 

“Cypriot customers and visitors are booking our winter 2017 seats in record numbers as fares continue to fall, so there’s never been a better time to book a low fare flight on Ryanair.”

 

 

REGIONAL “UPGRADE”

 

Reacting to the airline’s announcement, Pafos Tourism Board released a statement saying that they “welcome Ryanair’s decision to expand its presence at Paphos Airport.”

 

Additionally, PTB said that the new routes “upgraded the region’s prestige” and are “strategically important for Paphos and Cyprus as they will give a significant boost to the economy and develop various year-round local tourism sectors.”

 

PTB added that they were “particularly pleased” that Ryanair “filled some existing gaps” and that the carrier “grabbed” this business opportunity.

 

“Ryanair, with this investment, also sends out a loud message that they believe in Paphos’ prospects as a top tourism destination,” added the PTB statement.

 

“It is now up to all of us [at the PTB] to not only contribute, but to ensure all the existing and new routes succeed, and to further develop air connectivity all-year-round.”