Two aircraft based in the Pink City will operate 11 new routes and carry one million passengers per year
Europe’s largest budget carrier has just announced another plan for expansion. Starting in October 2019, Ryanair will open a new base in Toulouse, France.
The carrier plans huge investments in new aircraft and routes that should be reflected in a significant increase in passenger numbers.
“We are delighted to announce a $200 million aircraft investment at Ryanair’s third French base in Toulouse Airport, which will deliver one million customers per annum, create 60 Ryanair pilot and cabin crew jobs and support 750 airport jobs,” said Ryanair’s chief commercial officer, David O’Brien.
The carrier has also revealed its schedule for winter 2019 from Toulouse that will include flights to and from Alicante, Brest, Budapest, Lille, Luxembourg, Marseille, Oujda, Palermo, Porto, Tangier and Valencia.
Philippe Crébassa, chairman of the board of Toulouse-Blagnac airport, said: “We are very pleased that Ryanair is strengthening its presence in Toulouse. The opening of a base with two aircraft will allow us to develop the offer of the company from the Pink City.
“The 11 new routes announced by Ryanair are also excellent news for the attractiveness of Occitanie in Europe.”
As the capital of the Occitanie region, Toulouse is a major commercial and industrial centre in the southern part of France. For its authentically coloured buildings, it bears a nickname of La Ville Rose — the Pink City — and is well known in the aviation industry for being the base of one of the world’s biggest aircraft manufacturers — Airbus.
Ryanair invests $400 million in French bases in total
The Irish low-cost carrier also plans to strengthen its operation in two other French bases — Bordeaux and Marseille. Combined with the new base in Toulouse, the carrier will invest $400 million in total.
Bordeaux will receive one extra carrier base and 23 new routes to Bari, Bologna, Brest, Budapest, Cologne, Copenhagen, Dublin, Krakow, Lille, Lisbon, Malaga, Manchester, Marseille, Nador, Nantes, Naples, Ouarzazate, Oujda, Palermo, Prague, Strasbourg, Tangier and Treviso.
Marseille will have a new base as well. Its operation will be extended with 16 new routes to Agadir, Alicante, Bologna, Bordeaux, Catania, Copenhagen, Essaouira, Manchester, Milan Bergamo, Naples, Ouarzazate, Prague, Sofia, Strasbourg, Tel Aviv and Toulouse.