RYANAIR has announced an increase to flight frequency on a popular route between Ireland and England.
The Irish no-frills airline will offer eight weekly flights between Derry in Northern Ireland and Manchester in the North of England for summer 2023.
Announcing the plans for its Derry schedule, the airline confirmed the increase was due to the existing Derry-Manchester service proving “a huge success”.
Flights between Derry and Manchester will run every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday throughout summer 2023.
Ryanair expects to carry 87,000 passengers to and from Derry this year, with its increased summer schedule supporting over 65 local jobs in Derry.
Ryanair’s Head of Communications, Jade Kirwan, said: “Ryanair is pleased to announce our Summer 2023 schedule for Derry with eight weekly flights to/from Manchester.
“With a flight duration of just one hour, Manchester is the perfect destination for Derry customers looking for a nearby, low fare trip to soak up some culture, nightlife, shopping, football and music in the city or spend some quality time with the family exploring Manchester’s beautiful countryside,” she added.
Steve Frazer, Managing Director at City of Derry Airport, welcomed the news this week.
“We are delighted that Ryanair’s service from City of Derry Airport to Manchester has proved to be such a huge success, with consistently high passenger loads and fantastic fares which has resulted in this increase in frequency of the service with an additional weekly departure taking off from April onward,” he said.
“This demonstrates the importance of this connection for the local catchment area for leisure, business and students who commute regularly.
“The route is also key for reuniting many in the North West with their family and friends living in Manchester and also has so much to offer for family breaks, couples retreats, and group getaways.”