The Irish-registered low cost carrier, Ryanair, is to launch service from Frankfurt Main Airport (IATA: FRA) from the start of next summer’s timetable.
The airline has long dominated passenger operations from Frankfurt-Hahn (HHN) but the new 2017 services will mark the beginning of its FRA network.
The move was jointly announced on November 2nd by Fraport AG’s Dr Stefan Schulte, Executive Board Chairman, and Ryanair’s David O’Brien, Chief Commercial Officer. Ryanair’s first destinations to be served via Frankfurt will be Alicante (ALC), Malaga (AGP), and Palma de Mallorca (PMI) in Spain, as well as Faro (FAO) in Portugal.
Fraport’s CEO Schulte said: “We are pleased to have Ryanair, Europe’s leading low-cost airline, in our programme at Frankfurt soon. Beginning in the summer schedule 2017, we will be offering passengers in our region another attractive travel option – using the modern Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Thus, we are responding to the strong and growing demand in our region for this aviation segment. Ryanair’s decision to come to FRA underscores the increasing importance of Frankfurt for low-cost traffic. We wish Ryanair “Always Happy Landings” here at Frankfurt.”
Fraport says its cooperation with Ryanair is predicated on long-term growth of the airline at Frankfurt Airport. It said that the basis of this cooperation with require them to meet the special requirements that facilitate short turnaround times. In the medium term this will mean adapting its passenger and terminal processes to meet the increasing demand for low-cost offerings.