SUNSEEKERS in Cork can look forward to another hot summer on the cheap next year as Ryanair says it will re-install routes to the likes of Lanzarote and Malaga if costs remain the same.
In a dig at Cork airport, Ryanair’s deputy chief executive, Michael Cawley, said if the airline was offered cheaper costs at Cork it would introduce a string of new routes at the airport.
The airline said yesterday bookings on the sun routes from Cork did “very well” this year and it will likely continue offering the destinations to passengers next summer.
Ryanair said in February it would undercut all of Aer Lingus’s prices to sun destinations from Cork, with deals to Bordeaux and La Rochelle for just €40 one-way.
This summer it is operating flights to Alicante, Barcelona, Bordeaux, Faro, La Rochelle, Lanzarote and Malaga.
Malaga, Faro and Lanzarote from Cork have prices starting at €75 one-way while Alicante starts at €60.
The flights however are only operating until the end of August. The airline has now said if the costs remain the same at Cork, it will re-introduce the flights again.
“If costs rise we’ll pull routes,” Mr Cawley said.
Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary said customers should not expect free seat sales to places like Malaga and Faro as the airline doesn’t need to offer deals for these destinations. The chief executive also said the airline spends very little on marketing as most of this is done through PR stunts.
Ryanair said fares will rise by up to 10% this year. It blamed the fare increase on longer routes and an overall industry fare hike.
In reporting its first quarter results it said profits fell 24% to €93.7m due to the disruptions caused by the volcanic ash cloud.
The airline said ancillary revenues, which include such things as baggage fees, grew to almost €204m in the quarter and account for almost a quarter of total revenue.
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