The airline says four new routes will ensure hundreds of jobs remain at Manchester Airport.

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Hundreds of jobs at Manchester Airport are safe now, thanks to the launch of four new routes from the airport to Spain and Portugal. Ryanair withdrew most of its flights out of the airport in 2009, triggering concerns about a large number of jobs there.

The airline now says the jobs are safe, thanks to new summer flights from Manchester to Faro, Tenerife, Alicante and Madrid. Ryanair is also boosting its daily services to Dublin from four to six.

Michael O’Leary, chief executive of Ryanair, announced the new services yesterday. He said he was expecting the five Manchester routes to carry 600,000 passengers. He also thought the services would support 600 jobs in Manchester.

O’Leary pointed out that 600,000 new passengers amounts to yearly traffic growth of five per cent at Manchester Airport. He said this would mean that in addition to saving existing jobs, the move would create new jobs.

In 2009, Ryanair blamed high airport charges as the reason it pulled the vast majority of its services from Manchester Airport. Andrew Cornisch, the airport’s managing director, said things had changed at the airport in the year and a half since Ryanair had pulled out.

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