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Ryanair to Open New Bases on Corfu, Rhodes, Crete for Summer 2021

Ryanair has announced that it will open three new bases on the Greek islands of Corfu, Rhodes and Crete – Chania, for the summer of 2021.

During an online press conference on Wednesday, Ryanair Commercial Director Jason McGuinness said that the new bases would operate from July to October.

“Following the announcement of Greece’s first travel corridors with Israel and Cyprus in April, and the official re-opening to all international travel from 14 May, we are proud to support the resurgence of the country’s tourism industry and offer both Greek visitors and customers greater choice and even lower fares,” he said.

“As vaccination rollout programs continue in the coming months, air traffic is set to soar this summer… Our new summer bases in Greece will operate with a total of four aircraft and deliver 107 routes – including 46 new – to popular destinations such as Barcelona, Bari, Marseille, Paphos, Tel Aviv and Verona among many others,” McGuiness added.

Ryanair’s new base on Corfu will offer a total of 42 routes (18 new itineraries) and operate 97 weekly flights out of the island to international destinations.

Through its new base on Rhodes, Ryanair will offer 27 routes (13 new) with a total of 56 weekly flights.

In addition, the new Chania base will offer a total of 38 routes (15 new) to international destinations through 90 weekly flights.

The new bases will operate with four additional aircraft – two on Corfu, one on Rhodes and one in Chania. The investment will reach 400 million euros and is expected to create 120 local jobs.

Chania, Crete. Photo Source: Visit Greece

Chania, Crete. Photo Source: Visit Greece

“This development reaffirms Greece’s resilience and strength as a tourism destination even under the current challenging conditions,” Fraport Greece Executive Director Commercial & Business Development George Vilos said during the press event.

“Following the completion of a massive infrastructure upgrade program across the 14 airports managed by Fraport Greece, we are ready to welcome travelers from all over the world who are looking for the unique ingredients of Greek summer and the unmatched Greek hospitality,’’ he added.

Ryanair already operates two bases in Athens and Thessaloniki.

This summer, the carrier will be flying from/to a total of 14 Greek airports.

International expansion

Overall, Ryanair is flying to 40 countries through 77 bases and 240 airports.

Apart from its bases in Greece, the airline has also announced the opening of new bases in Treviso, Naples, Bologna, Bari and Bergamo in Italy.

Furthermore, in December 2020, the carrier signed a purchase agreement with Boeing for 75 new MAX-8200 aircraft, which increased its firm order for the Boeing “Gamechanger” aircraft from 135 to 210, with a total value of over 22 billion dollars.

The first aircraft is expected to be delivered in early April.

Ryanair’s goal is to carry some 20 million passengers with a fleet of 600 aircraft until 2026.

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Eleftheria has worked for several financial newspapers, magazines and websites during the past 19 years. Between 2004 and 2014 she worked as a radio producer, reporter and presenter for the Greek and English language program of “Athina 9.84 FM”. She also has hands-on experience in the MICE industry.

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