By Edward Robertson
Ryanair has launched 26 new routes from the UK as it expands its summer 2021 schedule for the country thanks to its successful vaccination programme.
The new routes include connections to Naples, Rhodes, Chania, Alicante and Mallorca as well as destinations in France and Portugal.
The airline said the growth came as the UK’s vaccination programme is giving consumers confidence that holiday travel will be possible this summer.
The additions to the schedule mean that the airline will operate more than 2,300 flights across 480 routes from the UK, with bookings now available for flights departing in October.
Ryanair group CEO Michael O’Leary said: “The UK government has implemented a very successful vaccine rollout programme, and is on track for a re-opening of EU short-haul travel this summer.
“Ryanair is pleased to offer even more choice and lower fares to our UK customers and their families with over 2,300 weekly flights and 480 routes to choose from, including 26 exciting new holiday connections to Naples, Rhodes, Chania, Alicante and Mallorca among many others.
“UK families can now book a well-earned summer holiday safe in the knowledge that if their plans change for any reason they can move their travel dates up to two times with a zero-change fee up until the end of October 2021.”