Airline Ryanair is taking advantage of rival British Airways’ 8% wing reduction to add more than a million low-cost seats to its winter schedules to/from 20 UK airports, to offer more choice to its customers looking for low-cost city breaks and winter sun in Morocco, France, etc.
This increase in seats took place on Tuesday 23 August. It follows an announcement by British Airways (BA) to cancel 8% of its winter schedule (cutting 10,000 flights) “due to staff shortages and capacity reductions at ‘Hopeless Heathrow'”. By increasing its seats to/from airports in London (Stansted and Gatwick) or Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Edinburgh “and many more”, Ryanair is confident that its annual traffic will increase from an initial target of 165 million to more than 166.5 million passengers this year. The company aims to offer “more choice, better reliability and lower fares to its British customers and their families seeking cheap city breaks and winter sunshine in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Morocco, Greece and France”, indicates the Irish low cost in a press release.
“As BA cancels 8% of its winter schedule due to staff shortages and ‘Hopeless Heathrow’ capacity restrictions, Ryanair is now adding more capacity (over a million low cost seats) to our largest ever winter program in the UK, so that British families can confidently book their cheap city breaks and winter getaways in the sun, without the risk of flight cancellations and also avoiding ‘ Hopeless Heathrow’,” said Michael O’Leary, CEO of Ryanair Holdings.