10 DECEMBER 2012
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Ryanair has announced eight new routes from its two Scottish bases.
From next summer the airline will carry three million passengers and sustain 3,000 jobs with the additional flights, Chief Executive Michael O'Leary claims.
The new routes will be from Edinburgh to both Bologna and Cagliari (Italy), Beziers (France), Santander (Spain), the island of Corfu (Greece) and Katowice (Poland), and from Prestwick to both Rzeszow and Warsaw (Poland).
Mr O'Leary said they will start in around six months, whilst other services from the two Scottish airports will increase in frequency.
The new routes from Edinburgh Airport are significant as Ryanair earlier this year reduced its operation after falling out with the former owner, BAA. The airport is now run by Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), who also operate Gatwick and London City.
"We've been very impressed by GIP”, O’Leary said, “They are very committed to growth and we've been negotiating now for a couple of months. I don't think today's announcement will be the last because, given their commitment, they want to grow the airport quickly and that's a breath of fresh air after dealing with BAA who only wanted to fatten profits for its eventual sale". www.ryanair.com
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