UK is Ryanair’s third biggest country market after Italy and Spain; Newcastle becomes latest base

NCL base

The start of the 2022 summer season (S22) has seen Ryanair open a new base at Newcastle in the north-east of England. This summer will see the Irish ULCC operate to 19 destinations from the airport, up from just 10 in the summer of 2019 when Newcastle was not one of Ryanair’s bases. After starting a new route to Krakow last October, the airline is adding nine new routes at the start of S22, while service to Girona in Spain has not resumed after the pandemic. The nine new routes are to:

  • Croatia: Zadar
  • Cyprus: Paphos
  • Greece: Chania
  • Italy: Milan BGY
  • Latvia: Riga
  • Spain: Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Menorca

Ibiza and Menorca will be served 3-weekly, all other new routes 2-weekly. With the exception of Milan and Riga, all other routes can be considered summer sun destinations.

UK is Ryanair’s third biggest country market

Analysis of the latest Cirium schedule data for the third quarter of 2022 confirms that the UK is Ryanair’s third largest country market for seats, though now well behind Italy and Spain. In the third quarter of 2019 it was much closer between the three countries with Spain (8.3 million seats) ahead of Italy (7.8 million) and the UK (7.4 million). While seats in the UK market are set to be up just 1% between July and September, capacity in Spain will be up 12%, while Italian airports will welcome 47% more Ryanair seats in the third quarter.

Ryanair top 15 country markets in 2022 Q3

Overall, Ryanair’s third quarter capacity is currently planned to be 21% higher than it was three years earlier. No new countries have been added in that time. However, services to Ukraine are currently suspended.

Stansted is busiest UK airport by far

Stansted serving London is Ryanair’s busiest airport in the UK. In fact, it is the airline’s busiest airport anywhere, with over 30% more seats than its second busiest airport, Dublin. Among UK airports it is well over three times busier than Manchester and almost five time busier than Edinburgh. Apart from Newcastle’s 52% growth this summer, only two other UK airports will see double-digit growth in Ryanair seats compared with 2019. Edinburgh, with 10 based aircraft will see capacity growth of around 32% and Manchester capacity will increase by just under 20%.

Top 15 Ryanair airports in the UK 2022 Q3

Shannon AIrport

Ryanair will operate from 20 UK airports in Q3 down from 21 in 2019. While Teesside services have resumed, there are currently no scheduled flights from Belfast BFS or London SEN. Apart from the 15 airports shown in the graph, Ryanair also flies from Aberdeen, City of Derry, Exeter, Newquay and Teesside.

Spain, Ireland and Italy are top three country markets from the UK

Probably not surprisingly, routes to Spain account for more seats than any other country market from the UK, though capacity is down 6% versus three years ago. Among the top eight country markets, four are growing with Ireland (+11%) leading the way ahead of Italy (+7%), Poland (+6%) and Denmark (+4%). Among the smaller country markets there is impressive growth from the UK to Croatia (+218%) and Romania (+157%), and to a lesser extent Latvia (+36%), Lithuania (+35%) and Hungary (+30%).

Ryanair Top 15 country markets from UK in 2022 Q3

Since 2019, Finland has been added as a country market from the UK, while services to Ukraine (at least for now) have been suspended. This summer Ryanair will be offering flights from Helsinki to 12 of its bases, as well as three routes from Lappeenranta (to Berlin, Milan BGY and Vienna) and one from Tampere (to London STN).



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