Ryanair has announced that it will establish a new base at Paris Beauvais Airport from the 3rd of December 2020. It will base 2 aircraft (an investment of $200 million) at the airport and will begin 2 new routes from the airport to Paphos in Greece on the 26th of October this year as well as to Manchester. The airline was supposed to begin the Manchester-Beauvais route this summer, but the coronavirus prevented that from happening. Ryanair already flies to 32 destinations from Paris Beauvais, 3 (Brindisi, Palma and Zadar) of which are seasonal. As of the 3rd of December, the airline will fly 105 weekly flights from the airport and will create over 2300 direct and indirect jobs to do with this base.
Ryanair has also launched a seat sale to celebrate its new base, with fares available from just €9.99, but you have to book tickets by midnight on the 25th of September on https://ryanair.com .
To accomplish the creation of its new base at Paris Beauvais, Ryanair has received €7 billion in discriminatory state aid. It is quite incredible that Ryanair is willing to expand this much, especially during a crisis like this one, and it must have a lot of faith in this airport to invest that much in it’s development as a Ryanair base. Elsewhere, Ryanair is reducing flight capacity by 20%. Good luck to their audacious endeavour!… Oh, and a last thing: Paris Beauvais Airport is a 75min coach ride from the city center, so if you think you’re going to land directly on the Arc de triomphe, don’t be fooled. 24th of September 2020.