Budget air carrier Ryanair on Dec. 19 said it would open its first base in Greece, at Chania, the second largest city of Crete, in April 2013 with one based aircraft and will include routes to and from Billund, Bremen, Bristol, Eindhoven, Katowice, Marseille, Memmingen, Thessaloniki, Venice, Vilnius and Warsaw.
The airline said it is investing $70 million at Chania Airport and the company plans to operate 106 weekly flights. Ryanair stated its 55th base would sustain 500 onsite jobs. In Chania, Ryanair official Kate Sherry stated that, “Visitors to Greece can now beat the recession and escape high fares and fuel surcharging by switching to Ryanair’s lowest fares and our no fuel surcharge guarantee between Chania and 25 European destinations, including Edinburgh, London and Milan, amongst others.”
She added: “Ryanair’s 500,000 passengers per annum will sustain up to 500 ‘on site’ jobs in Chania, in a welcome boost to the Cretian economy, as we grow our passenger traffic by 100% at Chania.”
To celebrate and promote the new base, Ryanair has released a 100,000 seat sale with fares starting from 8 British Pounds ($13) for travel across its European network in January. The tickets are available for booking until midnight Dec. 20.