Ryanair has continued its round of route expansions from Irish airports, for the summer 2023 season, with the announcement of four additional routes out of Belfast International Airport.
The move – which brings Ryanair’s total route number at Belfast International Airport to 16 – follows similar recent growth announcements, by the airline, at Dublin, Shannon, Cork and Ireland West Airport Knock.
Ryanair will have two aircraft based at Belfast International, with the new routes linking the airport to Budapest, Cardiff, Mallorca and Valencia.
The airline will – in total – operate more than 140 weekly flights to and from Belfast International.
Graham Keddie, managing director of Belfast International Airport said: “The addition of a further four new routes by Ryanair is a fantastic way to end 2022. These exciting new destinations, particularly Budapest and Cardiff, which are both previously unserved, are most welcome and will provide further connectivity from Northern Ireland. From March 2023 Ryanair will now operate 16 new routes and base two aircraft providing a real boost to the local tourism and business economy.”
Ryanair’s director of digital and marketing, Dara Brady said: “We are pleased to announce four additional routes at our new base at Belfast International for Summer’23 to the exciting destinations of Budapest, Cardiff, Mallorca, and Valencia. We will operate 16 total routes and 2 based aircraft representing an investment of $200m and the creation of over 800 direct/indirect jobs at Belfast International.
“To encourage additional investment from all airlines from next Summer onward, the UK Government must immediately scrap ADP taxes for all flights, which currently put the UK at risk of losing air traffic to competing European countries.”