Ryanair announces Prague to Bordeaux route

The full winter 2019 schedule will soon be announced

Low-cost carrier Ryanair announced a new route between Václav Havel Airport Prague and Bordeaux-Merignac Airport in the southwest of France. Twice-weekly service will commence in October as part of Ryanair’s Prague Winter 2019 schedule.

“Customers in the Czech Republic can now book flights to Bordeaux as far out as March 2020, with our full schedule launching soon. To celebrate we are releasing seats on sale from just Kč 529, for travel in October, which must be booked by midnight Friday, Feb. 22,” Ryanair’s Olga Pawlonka said, adding that customers should act quickly.

The new route expands the number of destinations served by Václav Havel Airport. “The new connection to Bordeaux fits into our strategy of supporting outgoing tourism from the Czech Republic to destinations in France and other countries. Based on airport’s estimates, we expect this route to be used by approximately 35,000 passengers a year in both directions,” Václav Řehoř, chairman of the board of directors of Prague Airport, said.

Ryanair also recently announced summer service to Mallorca, raising the number of summer destinations to 31. Previously, the carrier announced that its Prague fleet would double to four planes.

In other news, the airline has committed to being plastic free in five years in addition to a carbon offset program.

Starting in April, Ryanair will be adding Boeing 737 MAX 8s to its fleet, with new interiors, more legroom, more seats and greater efficiency. Some 135 Boeing 737 MAX 8s have been ordered.

The backbone of the Ryanair fleet currently is the Boeing 737-800, which accounts for almost all of the carrier’s approximately 440 planes.

Ryanair is an Irish low-cost airline founded in 1984, headquartered in Swords in County Dublin, Ireland. Its primary operational bases are at Dublin and London Stansted airports.

Ryanair is the largest European airline by scheduled passengers flown and carried more international passengers than any other airline.

Václav Havel Airport Prague in 2018 had a record 16,797,006 and 155,530 take-offs and landings. While there were 9 percent more passengers than in the previous year, the number of airplane movements increased less than 5 percent.

The airport opened April 5, 1937, as Prague Ruzyně Airport. Right after former president Václav Havel's death on Dec. 18, 2011, an online petition asked the government to rename it to Václav Havel International Airport. This name change took place Oct. 5, 2012, on what would have been Havel's 76th birthday.

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