Ryanair Scales Back Network To Focus On Primary Airports

For the first time, Ryanair will operate fewer flights this summer compared to the previous year. Though it added 138 new routes over the past year, the low-cost airline has cut 222, resulting in a net loss of 84 (from 1,396 August 2013 to 1,312 August 2014). Ryanair has added weekly frequencies to main airports including Rome Fiumicino, Warsaw Modlin, Brussels, Athens, Catania and Barcelona, as well as its hubs in Dublin and London Stansted. Remote airports suffered the biggest decrease in weekly departures from August 2013 to August 2014, including Warsaw Chopin, Stockholm Skavsta, Frankfurt Hahn, Maastricht, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Budapest and Valencia. This change in direction is in stark contrast to Ryanair’s historic business model, which focused on pursuing high growth by operating flights to secondary airports situated long distances from major cities. The airline’s new direction is thought to have been sparked by profit warnings following a €35m (£28.8m) loss for the final quarter of 2013, despite a six per cent rise in passenger numbers. 

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