It is official now. The new hub for Ryanair will be the airport of Charleroi (Brussels South), Belgium. And I can't say that I'm sad about it. There fares are great. Never seen such low fares over here before. It is time we got a real low-fare airline in Belgium because Virgin Express isn't so cheap any more. They can put their "Virgin Express, you're right to fly for less" in the freezer.
RYANAIR ANNOUNCES SEVEN NEW ROUTES FROM LONDON STANSTED TO EUROPE
Ryanair to Save European Air Travellers more than e1 billion
Ryanair, Europe's largest low fares airline today announced that it has chosen Brussels South (Charleroi) Airport as its first Continental European base beating off strong competition from other airports in Germany, Italy and Sweden.
From the 26th of April next, Ryanair will operate up to 30 flights each day from Brussels to seven destinations in England, Ireland, Italy, South of France and Scotland. Ryanair also announced that it would allocate a total of four aircraft (two of which will be based in Brussels Charleroi) to this new base. This base will involve the creation of over 100 new jobs in Brussels Charleroi, and will result in 1 million passengers being carried through the airport in the first 12 months of operation who will save over e100m over Sabena's high fares .
Ryanair also unveiled its launch air fares today at levels that have never before been seen in Brussels. Ryanair's lowest one way fare will be between 80% to 90% cheaper than the lowest one way fares currently being charged by Sabena, the Belgian State airline.
BRUSSELS (Charleroi) to:
Ryanair Sabena saving
LONDON (Stansted) Six fl 990 3490 72%
DUBLIN Eight fl 1990 21083 91%
GLASGOW (Prestwick) Two fl 1990 14476 86%
SHANNON (Ireland) Two fl 1990 22910 91%
CARCASSONNE Four fl 2490 23906 90%
PISA Four fl 2490 26286 91%
VENICE (Treviso) Four fl 2490 24673 90%
* Lowest quoted one way fare including taxes as at 27 Feb 2001
All of these flights will be operated by Ryanair's Boeing 737 aircraft, and Ryanair today confirmed that 70% of all its seats will be sold at the two lowest air fares, thereby delivering Belgian consumers, and visitors to Brussels Charleroi savings of over e100m. each year over the high fares being charged by Sabena.
"Ryanair today are investing over $100m. in our new Belgian base, allocating four aircraft, creating over 100 new direct jobs, and guaranteeing that 70% of our one and a half million seats each year will be sold at our two lowest air fares.
"Our choice of Brussels Charleroi as our first Continental base was due to a combination of;
Ryanair's success to date at Brussels Charleroi, where we are already the largest carrier on the Brussels-Dublin market,
the excellent relationship we have built up over the years with Marie Dessaux and the management of BSCA,
the competitive package of costs and facilities which we have agreed with BSCA and the tourism authorities in Walloonia,
the central location, easy access and large population base which lives in and around Brussels, and lastly,
the huge opportunity which now exists to offer Belgian consumers our high frequency, low fare services, a choice which has been denied to them in recent years by Sabena, who have been increasing air fares. It's time to offer some real low fare competition to Sabena.
"Thanks to Ryanair and Brussels Charleroi Airport the era of high off air fares in Belgium is over. Sabena will no longer be able to charge such outrageous high air fares and Ryanair will increase services whereas Sabena is trying to reduce flights and increase fares. From the 28th of April next Belgian consumers now have the choice of daily low fare scheduled flights to London, Dublin, Venice, Pisa, Carcassone in the South of France, as well as Glasgow in Scotland and Shannon in the West of Ireland. We will offer not just high frequency services but also (unlike all other airlines) we guarantee that ours are the lowest air fares as long as they are booked across our website at www.RYANAIR.COM.