Ryanair, Europe’s second largest low-cost carrier after easyJet, will increase its flights from Shannon Airport in Ireland with the addition of eight new routes from April 2014.
The airline will add flights to Berlin, Faro (Portugal), Fuerteventura (Canary Islands), Krakow (Poland), Munich, Nice, Paris and Warsaw. It will also add additional frequency to London Stansted, increasing the total daily flights on this route to 15.
Ryanair expects to add an additional 300,000 passengers a year through these routes.
The airline is also negotiating with other major Irish airports – Cork, Dublin, Kerry and Knock – to finalize its growth plans in the coming summer and is expected to announce more route and frequency additions from Ireland in the coming weeks.
For travelers from the US or Canada who are looking for the cheapest flights to Europe, flying to Ireland – either Shannon or Dublin – and connecting to a flight on Ryanair or one of the other European low-cost airlines to your final destination will be much less expensive than flying direct.
Ireland has substantially lower airline taxes and fees than other European countries, especially the UK, which makes a round-trip fare to Ireland much lower than elsewhere in Europe. Combining an international ticket to Ireland with a low-cost carrier’s flight to elsewhere in Europe will provide the cheapest fare.