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New Routes of the Day (2 May 2024): Ryanair’s new routes from Leeds Bradford

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Ryanair introduced two new routes from its base in Leeds Bradford, commencing operations to Bucharest and Marrakech on 2 May and 3 May respectively. The 2,250-kilometre 3-weekly service to the Romanian capital, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, as well as the 2-weekly 2,525-kilometre route to the Moroccan city, on Mondays and Fridays, will be maintained by the 737 MAX 8 aircraft. The ULCC faces no competition on either of the two.

What they said

Jade Kirwan, Head of Comms at Ryanair, said: “Ryanair is delighted to officially launch our first flights from Leeds to Bucharest and Marrakesh. This new Bucharest route will operate three times per week from 2 May, and the Marrakesh route will commence with two weekly flights, offering our customers in Yorkshire even more choice at the lowest fares.”

Ryanair with 26 Leeds Bradford routes

Ryanair has three aircraft based in Leeds Bradford, maintaining just over 100-weekly departures from the airport this summer to 26 destinations. A total of eleven of its routes run only during the summer. The ULCC is Leeds Bradford’s second largest carrier by available seat capacity over the summer months, behind only Jet2.com.

Ryanair first began operating from Leeds Bradford Airport in 1989 with its first flight to Ireland West Knock Airport. Since then, it has handled over 15 million passengers on its flights from the city.

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Leeds Bradford sees full recovery

Leeds Bradford handled 658,475 passengers during Q1 2024 according to data accumulated by Air Service One, representing a year-on-year increase of 8.8%, as well as growth of 5.2% on the pre-pandemic 2019, illustrating a full recovery.

During 2023, it welcomed 4,010,702 travellers, which was 21.4% above 2023 levels, and just ahead of 2019 by 0.3%.

Leeds Bradford has benefited from the closure of Doncaster Sheffield Airport (around 60 kilometres away) at the beginning of November 2022, when Wizz Air moved many of its routes from Central and Eastern Europe to the bigger Yorkshire airport.

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