01/07/2002

Ryanair celebrates third year at Derry Airport

Low fares airline Ryanair will this week celebrate its third anniversary of scheduled services from the City of Derry Airport to London Stansted.

Congratulating the Irish airline’s investment Derry City Mayor Kathleen McCloskey said she was delighted that Ryanair continued to provide low cost fares to and from the North West region.

Catherine O’Connor, manager of the Derry Visitor and Convention Bureau said that with an estimated 140,000 people availing of the service annually the airline had given the North West region a much-increased profile and the business and leisure traveller easy access to and from the region.

She added: “Ryanair’s commitment to providing low fares offers the opportunity to boost the local economy with the increasing number of visitors coming to the region.”

Denis Doyle, North West Tourism, acknowledged the significant contribution Ryanair has made to regional tourism development in the North West region.

“By having a twice-daily service to London we are tapping into one of the largest tourism markets in Europe. The provision of air access to the North West region contributes significantly to regional tourism development in the area and makes the region a much more attractive and affordable destination,” he said.

A spokesperson for Ryanair said: “Since we started the route to London we have carried over 380,000 passengers, all of whom have benefited from Ryanair’s low fares.

"We are delighted to celebrate this anniversary with the City of Derry airport and we look forward to many more”.

(AMcE)

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