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Ryanair's new Manchester base to create 2000 jobs

Ryanair's new Manchester base to create 2000 jobs

More details have emerged of Ryanair's growth at Manchester Airport – with the airline saying it will invest £175m in setting up a new base, creating up to 2,000.

» Career | Wednesday, July 13, 2011 • Air News Times
We told of the low-cost carrier's plans to bring new aircraft and a raft of extra sunshine routes to the region.

Chief executive Michael O'Leary spoke at a press conference at the airport, where he revealed the Dublin-based airline will fly to 26 destinations from Manchester by summer 2012, bringing up to two million passengers a year.

Ryanair will also base four aircraft at the site. Mr O'Leary said the multi-million pound deal would create up to 2,000 jobs, ranging from pilots and cabin crew roles to handling agents and check-in staff.

As revealed in yesterday's M.E.N, the majority of the new destinations will be European cities, mainly in Spain and Italy, while 17 of the routes will be introduced this winter, growing to 26 – and up to 260 flights per week - by next summer.

Mr O'Leary described the agreement as 'great news' for his company and the airport. It comes less than two years after the airline pulled out, sparking a war of words with airport bosses.

He said: “Nothing has really changed. We've always thought Manchester was a brilliant airport but it was expensive. It's like every marriage, you have to work at it – it's not always plain sailing.

“This is the make-up and making up is always more fun than the bust up.”

Wearing a Manchester City shirt, he said he believed his airline would grow at the expense of the tour operators, describing the business model in the UK as 'dead'.

He added: “The tour operators are in decline, it's a fact. Manchester needs us and we believe the appetite is there. We don't think we'll lose traffic at Liverpool or East Midlands – we won't be pulling flights.”

Andrew Harrison, managing director of Manchester Airport, told the M.E.N: “ This is about giving choice to passengers and about Manchester having a range of different options. It's about catching the 1.5m people who go down the road to Liverpool or Leeds Bradford and encouraging them to fly from Manchester instead. We believe we're in a really strong position to offer what passengers want.”

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