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Last Updated: Thursday, 22 July, 2004, 13:21 GMT 14:21 UK
Ryanair is to expand at Luton
Passengers leave a Ryanair flight
Ryanair is to operate nine new routes from Luton
No-frills airline Ryanair has become the second carrier in 24 hours to announce it is expanding operations at Luton Airport.

The Irish airline is adding four new aircraft and nine new routes and as part of a 130m investment.

The announcement comes the day after rival Easyjet unveiled its own plans.

Ryanair's routes will be to Rome, Venice, Stockholm, Girona, Nimes and Dinard in France, Barcelona, Barcelona Reus, Murcia in Spain and Esbjerg.

The move was announced as airport operator BAA issued a writ against the company over non-payment of 1m landing fees at Stansted Airport in Essex.

Ryanair also issued proceedings against BAA relating to claims of over-charging on fuel levies.

The carrier, which started operating at Luton in 1986, already flies to Dublin and Milan from the airport.

Although the new flights were available for booking on Thursday, Ryanair will not start operating the routes from next January.

It said the move would create more than 1,000 new jobs in the Luton area.

Easyjet said yesterday that it was planning to launch three new routes from Luton, which already offers 22 destinations, and is adding three aircraft.

Luton operator TBI welcomed the expansion by both airlines.


SEE ALSO:
Easyjet expanding from Luton base
22 Jul 04  |  Beds/Bucks/Herts
Ryanair steps up BAA legal fight
22 Jul 04  |  Business


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