Ryanair, the popular low cost airline in Europe, has announced its 2018 winter calendar for
Spain, which includes more than 500 routes in total, 29 new connections and an increase in
frequency in 35 of the routes that it already operates. With all this, the company expects to
transport more than 41.5 million passengers this year in 26 Spanish airports, which means a
9 percent increase in operations in Spain and 31,500 jobs.
Flights will run from Valencia to Bourgogne (France), Cagliari and Palermo in Sicily (Italy),
Fez and Tangiers (Morocco), and Bristol (UK), and four times weekly to Valletta (Malta)
New routes will open from Palma de Mallorca to Milan, Bergamo and Rome Ciampino
(Italy) and Düsseldorf Weeze (Germany); from Tenerife South to Milan Malpensa, and
Gran Canaria to Venice Treviso.
Alicante flights will now include routes to Bologna (Italy), Gdansk (Poland) and Newquay in
Cornwall (UK), and an additional connection will run from Santander, Cantabria to
Sevilla airport will get the most new routes – 13 in total – with flights between two and
three times a week to Bristol, Edinburgh (Scotland, UK), Cagliari and Catania (Siciliy),
Valletta, Nantes (France), Oporto (Portugal), Tangiers and Rabat (Morocco), Venice
Treviso, Luxembourg, and national connections to Alicante and the island of
Starting next month, customers in Spain will be able to make their advance reservations to
travel until March 2019, with even cheaper prices and enjoying the latest improvements to
the "Always Improving" program, which includes:
• The reduction in the price and increase in the allowed size of the checked luggage – a
suitcase of 20 kg for €25.
• Connecting flights in Rome, Milan and Porto – new airports will be added soon.
• Ryanair Rooms with a 10 percent Travel Credit.
• Ryanair Transfers – more options for transfers with a new partner, Car Trawler.
• Promise of Punctuality – the company is committed to maintaining the rate of punctuality
of its flights by 90 percent.
• Lowest Price Promise – if a customer finds a lower rate, the difference plus €5 will be
refunded to your My Ryanair account.
Michael O'Leary, CEO of Ryanair, said today in Madrid: "We are delighted to announce our
2018 winter calendar for Spain, which includes 29 new routes (more than 500 in total) and
an increase in frequencies in 35 existing routes . With all this, we expect to transport 41.5
million passengers a year in Spanish airports, which represents a 9 percent growth in the
country. Our customers in Spain can book their flights for next winter starting next month,
and still enjoy our low prices, so there has never been a better time to book a flight with
To celebrate the announcement of our 2018 winter program for Spain, we have launched a
range of seats from just € 19.99 to travel between March and May through
He has also assured that the 20 percent pay rise offered to the carrier's 800 pilots will not
result in any increases in flight prices, even though it will mean a further €100 million in
overheads for the group over the next 12 months.
Instead of passing the cost onto the customer, O'Leary assures that the extra payout will
simply mean 'reduced profits' for Ryanair.
He has urged Spain-basaed pilots' union SEPLA 'not to delay things any further' in terms of
voting for the 20 percent pay increase and for them to reach an agreement to avoid
SEPLA should allow pilots to vote favourably if they wish to, O'Leary insists.
Although he has famously stated that he does not recognise SEPLA as a binding union, this
is 'a separate issue' to the salary increase negotiations, he argues.