Ryanair adds two aircraft and six destinations at Charleroi Airport this summer
The Irish low-cost airline Ryanair will base 18 aircraft at Charleroi Airport this summer, two more than last summer. The airline will also offer flights to six new destinations, Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary announced at a press conference in Brussels on Tuesday. Services at Brussels Airport will remain unchanged.
Ryanair will offer 126 destinations from Belgium in the summer, 114 of them via Charleroi. The carrier is also introducing six new destinations: Amman in Jordan, Cork in Ireland, Dubrovnik in Croatia, Gothenburg in Sweden, Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Tirana in Albania. The two new aircraft will create around 60 jobs.
O'Leary sees further opportunities for growth at Charleroi in the future, but the development of a major aircraft maintenance centre will not happen. "Discussions are ongoing, but it is unlikely that such a centre will be established," said O'Leary, citing the high cost of labour in Belgium compared to other countries.
Services at Brussels Airport will remain the same next summer. In 2022, Ryanair closed its base there but continues to operate from the airport using aircraft based elsewhere. Twelve destinations will be offered in the summer of 2023. Ryanair expects to carry around 10.4 million passengers to and from Belgium.
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