Malaga Airport: Airlines bet on Malaga
Airlines are betting on Malaga, and Malaga City has become the main port of entry to Europe from the south Air transportation companies continue to place their bets on Malaga despite the uneasy economic situation, which is good news for Malaga as destination. most Airlines have announced, with some exceptions, that they are going to maintain or even increase the frequency of their flights this year. Ryanair thus announced at a news conference that it will open its base #38 in Malaga in June 2010, with four permanently-stationed aircraft and nineteen new routes (for a total of 39). Ryanair will directly create more than 200 new jobs and will offer 360 flights per week to and from Malaga, with an investment of more than 250 million dollars in the airport.
Ryanair’s nineteen new routes — from Malaga to Aarhus, Berlin (Schonefeld), Bratislava, Eindhoven, Krakow, Gothenburg, Maastricht, Memmingen (Munich West), Oslo (Torp), Paris (Beauvais), Pisa, Santander, Santiago, Stockholm (Skavsta), Tampere, Valladolid, Venice (Treviso), Wroclaw and Zaragoza will increase Malaga traffic by up to more than two million passengers each year and will support 2,000 well-paying jobs in the Malaga region.
The company’s chief executive stated: “Ryanair is delighted to announce that Malaga will be its base 38, with nineteen new routes beginning next June”. As he explained, “Next summer, with a total of 39 low-cost routes from Malaga, both Spaniards and tourists will be able to bid adieu to the crisis by choosing Ryanair’s less expensive fares, without fuel surcharges, to 39 exciting destinations including France, Italy and Germany, among others”.
Ryanair’s two million passengers per year at the Malaga Airport will support 2,000 local jobs in the province of Malaga, linked to Ryanair’s activity at the airport.
At present Ryanair has 39 bases and more than 1,000 low-cost routes to 26 countries, connecting 150 destinations. Since December 2009 it has had a fleet of 210 Boeing 737-800 NG aircrafts, with binding orders for another 102 new airplanes to be delivered over the next two and one half years. Ryanair has more than 7,000 employees at this time and expects to transport about 66 million passengers in 2009.
In addition, the avidly awaited Malaga-Oslo route by SAS started operations in late March with a schedule that enables passengers from northern Norway to take advantage of the best connections between the two countries.