Ryanair is to fly from Exeter Airport for the first time in April after announcing plans to start three routes from the southern UK gateway to Malaga, Malta and Naples.
The Irish low-cost carrier will operate six-weekly services and expects to carry 80,000 passenger per annum. Exeter will become the 21st airport the airline flies from in the UK.
Ryanair’s head of communications, Robin Kiely said: “We’re pleased to announce Ryanair’s low fares have arrived at Exeter, our newest airport and 21st in the UK. Our three new routes to Malaga, Malta and Naples start in summer 2019, each operating twice weekly, ensuring customers in the Devon region can book low fare flights to the sun.”
Exeter Airport managing director, Matt Roach said: “This is a significant vote of confidence in the continued growth of Exeter Airport and we are delighted to be welcoming Ryanair for the very first time. These routes are popular destinations and offer customers even more choice and greater connectivity from their local airport.”
Ryanair carries over 139 million a year on more than 2,000 daily flights from 86 bases, connecting 224 destinations in 37 countries.
The carrier’s fleet includes 430 Boeing 737 aircraft, and it has a further 240 Boeing 737’s on order, which it said will it to grow traffic to 200 million customers a year by 2024.