Ryanair expands operations in Italy - Airport Hotels,Dublin Airport News

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Ryanair has announced that in March of 2009 it will add 11 new routes from Bologna, in a move that closely follows its statement regarding a major expansion of operations from the Sardinia airport.

The airline is offering seats at €5 during a special seven-day sale on all new Bologna routes for travel scheduled for March through May of 2009.

Seven of the new services are on international routes, and include service to Edinburgh. The four new domestic routes service Bari, Brindisi, Lamezia and Trapani.

Ryanair’s expansion at Bologna will bring another 800,000 passengers to the airport annually, with the carrier on target by 2012 to reach the two million passenger mark, on flights arriving from 25 destinations.

By that time, Italy will be the largest market for the budget airline, after the UK.

Giovanna Gentile, of Ryanair in Italy, said: “At a time when Alitalia and Air One are merging, increasing fares and raising unjustified fuel surcharges, the conditions for more Ryanair low fare growth in Italy have never been better.

“Ryanair is already the No.1 international airline in Italy, carrying more international passengers to/from Italy than Alitalia.”

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