Ryanair Opens new Malaga Base

Ryanair opens new Malaga hub
Low-cost airline Ryanair added Malaga Airport to its list of European hubs, officially opened on 22nd June 2010, Michael O’Leary, Ryanair’s chief executive said “An estimated €170M has been invested the project. The new hub will see the number of destinations serviced by Ryanair increase to 39, which includes 19 new destinations from Malaga”.

The Andalusian airport has become the carrier’s 38th base after the opening of other new hubs in Brindisi in February and Oslo in March. The new international destinations are Aarhus, Bratislava, Berlin, Gothenburg, Krakow, Eindhoven, Maastricht, Oslo, Paris, Pisa, Memmingen, Stockholm, Tampere, Wroclaw and Venice-Treviso. There are also four new destinations in Spain: Santiago de Compostela, Santander, Valladolid and Zaragoza.

A further 20 indirect routes are also on sale, offering onward connections to destinations across Europe.

O’Leary is confident that within two years the Malaga hub will be the third largest in Spain (after Madrid and Barcelona), transporting over 2 million passengers a year.

With the opening of the new terminal 3 at Malaga Airport and the new runway to attract more long haul flights and larger jets, hopefully other airlines will be announcing more new routes in the not too distant future.