Life Begins at Thirty? What we did this year…
You know they say sometimes that life begins at 30. Well, now that we’ve hit the ripe old age of thirty-one, we thought we’d take a look back at some of what we’ve done over the last year… Here are just some of the highlights and best moments from our thirtieth year as Europe’s favourite airline…
Just as we turned 30 we announced our very first flights to Israel, flying from Kaunas, Krakow and Budapest to the southern Israeli holiday resort of Eilat. Eilat is pure sun-holiday heaven whether you want to sunbathe, shop and party – or you’re more into diving, hiking and outdoor adventure. It’s a hugely popular holiday destination, so there’s incredible choice of dining, nightlife and activities… and hopefully, a few new Ryanair routes in the near future!
In August, we announced the launch of our new daily flights from London Stansted to Sofia, Bulgaria. Sofia is a great place for travellers who want to really feel part of the furniture rather than like tourists. Instead of spending a weekend rushing round the city to tick all the ‘must see’ boxes, Sofia is the kind of place where you can relax into the city, and even better, befriend the locals who aren’t yet jaded by throngs of visitors!
September was all about the base – we announced our new bases opening in Milan Malpensa and Santiago de Compestela; brilliant news for fashionistas and pilgrims alike. Milan is famously one of the world’s top fashion capitals and Santiago is the end point of the world’s most famous walk, the Camino de Santiago, so whether you’re into hiking boots or high heels you could be in for a religious experience…
Our new Corfu base was announced in October, and with it, 11 new routes from this gorgeous Grecian island. Corfu is one of the most popular of the Greek islands for holidaymakers, whether they’re after an idyllic, peaceful island escape or a pure, unadulterated party in the sun art one of the island’s famous party resorts. The exact same could be said for Ibiza, the other sun-drenched holiday island we announced as a new base this month.
We kicked off 2016 by announcing three new routes from London Stansted to Palanga (Lithuania), Timisoara (Romania), and Toulouse (France), as well as a return to Belfast where we announced our newest base to open. Palanga is Lithuania’s Baltic beach resort and the place to be for fun, sun and parties during Lithuania’s summer. Timisoara is the place to go to experience Romania’s wine and beer, and to get a little taste of its natural beauty. Toulouse, or La Ville Rose (The Pink City), is an incredibly pretty place full of rose-coloured buildings, little cobbled streets and superb French food. And as for Belfast, if you haven’t been there – or to the incredible and wild northern coast of Ireland – it’s about time you went.
February saw us announce our newest base to open in Nuremburg, with 5 new routes launching from there to Budapest, Malta, Manchester, Milan and Ciampino. Nuremburg is Bavaria’s second biggest city, home to one of the world’s best Christmas markets and some of the world’s best beers. It’s a superb city for history buffs too – having been the epicentre of the Nazi party’s activities from the late 20’s and the place where Nazi war criminals later faced trial, there are lots of museums and memorials you can visit to learn more about this period of German and World history.
Sofia was announced as our new base in March 2016, and this one’s a big one; three based aircraft will operate 21 new routes from the Bulgarian capital to destinations all over Europe.
Our first flights to Serbia were announced, with twice-weekly flights to Berlin to kick off in September 2016, as well as routes to Milan and Bratislava to start in November. Serbia is a beautiful and still quite undiscovered country full of natural beauty and fascinating cities, so these new flights – and Serbia as a destination – is definitely one to watch. Our newest base was announced too, in one of our most popular city break destinations; beautiful Prague. The bridge, the castle, the clock, the beers and those amazing fried cheese sandwiches are now accessible to an extra 100,000 people per year.
Luxembourg was our next new route, announced in May and flying from London Stansted daily. It’s nestled right in between France, Belgium and Germany, and the culture and food is influenced by each in the best possible way. The place is incredibly charming, with a beautiful old capital and a stunning surrounding countryside punctuated with enchanting little villages. On top of that, Luxembourg consistently ranks among the top three countries in the world for both wealth and wine consumption. Make of that what you will.
June’s big news was the launch of our brand new Leisure Plus product and the announcement of ‘Ryanair Rooms’, our low price accommodation offer launching this coming October. Leisure Plus bundles the things that matter most to our customers going on holiday – your flight, allocated seat, and baggage – into one simple, great value package. Our new accommodation service will offer low cost accommodation to our customers, so you can get your whole holiday booked in one go, on one site, at the low costs that we’re famous for.
We couldn’t turn 31 without one more announcement – this time that we’re returning to Aberdeen Airport with two new routes from here to Alicante and Malaga. Alicante and Malaga are the gateways to some of Spain’s most incredible beach holiday resorts along the Costa Blanca and the Costa del Sol, so this latest announcement is great news for everyone up there in the north of Scotland who wants to get a little Spanish sun on their skin!
It’s been a hell of a year and we couldn’t feel better at the ripe old age of 31, so let’s just see what the next year has in store for us (and for you). Thanks for flying with us and we’ll see you on board soon!