Irish airline Ryanair announced yesterday that it will open two new bases at Tenerife Sur and Lanzarote airports in late March or early April for the 2023 summer campaign, representing a total investment of 400 million euros with six new routes (70 in total) and more than 10% capacity growth in the region.
With all this, the airline will have 520 flights per week. After both bases were forced to close in early 2020 due to delays in Boeing aircraft deliveries, the return to these popular vacation spots will create 120 jobs for highly skilled pilots, cabin crew and engineers.
Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of Ryanair’s landing in Spain, Ryanair CEO Eddie Wilson visited the island to make the announcement. “We are pleased to invest more than 400 million euros in the Canary Islands with the opening of these bases. This is fantastic news for these two vacation spots that attract millions of tourists looking for low prices and incredible choices. To celebrate, we’ve launched a seat offer with prices starting at just €29.99 for travel April – October 2023, and must be booked by Thursday 24th November,” he announced.
The new bases will provide four aircraft (two to Tenerife and two to Lanzarote) and six new routes: Bordeaux (France), Eindhoven (Netherlands) and Nuremberg (Germany) with Tenerife South, as well as Cologne (Germany), Knock (Ireland), Paris Beauvais (France) and Warsaw-Modlin (Poland) with Lanzarote.
It must be remembered that despite the strong volume of operations in the Canary Islands in September 2019, Ryanair announced the closure of the Spanish bases of Tenerife Sur, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Girona (although this was ultimately saved) from January 8, 2020. This led to this layoffs and about 175 workers lost their jobs.
Back then, the closure of the bases meant the closure of 29 routes. Today, however, the airline’s connectivity level is still higher than it was in 2019, before bases closed. In fact, Ryanair is by far the first airline in the Canary Islands and is set to break its record for seating in the islands in 2022 with more than four million seats (22% of total capacity), so the airline’s commitment to the Canary Islands is clear.