Irish carrier Ryanair to add more routes to Spain

18th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

18 May 2007, DUBLIN - Irish airline Aer Lingus said it has introduced six new European routes to its winter schedule and 25 new flights a week from Dublin and Cork on existing routes.

18 May 2007

DUBLIN - Irish airline Aer Lingus said it has introduced six new European routes to its winter schedule and 25 new flights a week from Dublin and Cork on existing routes.

Low-cost airline Ryanair Holdings PLC, which last year attempted to buy Aer Lingus, announced new routes of its own, saying it was adding nine new routes from Milan.

Aer Lingus said that from the end of October, new services from Dublin to Helsinki, Finland; Bucharest, Romania; Agadir, Morocco and Funchal, Spain will come into operation, in addition to the restarting of services from Dublin to Copenhagen and Cork, Ireland to Munich, Germany.

Ryanair said that the nine new routes from Milan _ to locations including Alghero and Cagliari in Sardinia; Bari, Italy; Gothenburg, Sweden and Porto, Portugal _ would start in December.

Aer Lingus was the target of a EUR 1.48 billion (US$1.9 billion) hostile takeover offer last year by Ryanair. The Irish government, which owns a quarter of the country's national carrier, fiercely opposed the offer and fewer than 1 percent of Aer Lingus shareholders had accepted the Ryanair offer.

Earlier this month, the European Commission extended until July 4 its deadline to rule on Ryanair's bid. Europe's largest no-frills airline had withdrawn the takeover offer in December when the EU's executive arm launched its investigation, but has said it hopes to renew its bid when the EU probe wraps up.

[Copyright AP with Expatica]

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