Ryanair will open 36 new routes in Spain in the summer season of 2019, with which the first European airline will add 600 routes in the country, and 48.3 million passengers in the whole of its fiscal year, announced today at the wheel of press in Madrid the marketing director of the airline, Kenny Jacobs.
Spain will be consolidated as well as the main market for the low cost company, operating in 27 airports of which 13 are bases. The airline believes that despite the strikes and widespread decline of the main tourism figures in Spain (occupation, international passengers, tourist GDP) and competition with new destinations (Egypt, Tunisia or Turkey) it is necessary to open new routes that diversify the Spanish offer.
In this sense, Jacobs was convinced that there will be an agreement with the unions of pilots (SEPLA) and cabin crew in Spain at Christmas or early 2019, because the airline has accepted its main demand to be subject to Spanish labor legislation and pay and pay social contributions also in the country so that they can be subject to the Social Security regime.
A version that differs completely from the one held by the unions that have denounced a blockade of the negotiations by the company. SEPLA has taken the matter to the National High Court while the crew unions (USO and Sitcpla) have threatened new strikes if their demands are not admitted.
The manager admitted that the strikes have affected them and generate uncertainty in both customers and shareholders so that "pragmatism" the company wants to turn around its labor policy and accept union demands, but still be profitable.
The total traffic of the airline, including the newly acquired Lauda, grew by 11% in September to reach 13.1 million customers, with an occupancy rate of 97%, although Ryanair traffic without adding the new brand increased only 6% until reaching 12.6 million customers, with an occupancy rate of 97%.
The company had to cancel 400 flights in September due to strikes called by pilots and cabin crew, on September 12 and 28, respectively. have led to the cancellation of more than 400 flights in September.
In addition, to increase the occupation after the last strike, the airline has put on sale since last Monday one million seats on flights from Spain with up to 25% discount, an offer that the airline has launched after the recent strikes carried out by cabin crew and pilots in countries such as Italy, Portugal, Spain, Holland, Belgium and Germany.
Among the offers announced by the low cost airline on its website is, for example, a one-way trip to Palma from Barcelona for a price of 3.91 euros, and other one-way flights from Mallorca to German destinations such as Cologne , Berlin, Dusseldorf or Frankfurt, all for 4.89 euros.