Ryanair has announced a number of new routes from Manchester Airport. With bmibaby deciding to cut services to destinations including Prague, Lisbon, Montpellier and Palma following the summer season, the Ryanair announcement means cheap flights from Manchester to the continent are still a possibility.
The new services will connect Manchester with both city and summer sun destinations. In total, 15 new routes will start, in addition to the reopening of a number of old routes. Here’s our pick of the new services:
Paris Beauvais (begins 2 November, 2011)
OK, so the airport is actually 50 miles north of the city – but there’s a shuttle available from the airport to Paris itself for 15€ each way. And once you’re there, it doesn’t really matter how you made it. Paris is Paris, after all.
Rome Ciampino (begins 2 November, 2011)
The Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain and the Vatican will be a lot cheaper to access for Mancunians when Ryanair starts the new service in November. A 4€ transfer with Terravision will get you from the airport to the city, and with Roma hosting Juventus in early December, the flights are a perfect way to access some of the finest football on the continent.
Malaga (begins 3 November, 2011)
With temperatures on the Costa del Sol staying relatively mild in the winter months, cheap flights to Malaga launching in November are a great way to banish the winter blues. If you prefer to hold out until summer, you can expect average temperatures touching the 30s, with little rain. Sun, sea and sand, guaranteed.
Tallinn, Estonia (begins 26 March, 2012)
The Estonian capital is a European Capital of Culture this year, so there should be plenty of interest in the city once the new service from Manchester begins next year. Its Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and with most of the harsh winter out of the way by then, this up-and-coming choice for a city break is arguably the pick of the new routes from Ryanair.
Beziers, France (begins 26 March, 2012)
Located in Languedoc in France’s southeast, Beziers is an ancient town with medieval streets and a rich history. A shuttle bus will take you the short trip into the town from the airport for less than 4€, where you’ll have the chance to gaze on sites such as Saint-Nazaire Cathedral, overlooking the town.
Biarritz, France (begins 25 March, 2012)
Biarritz is in southwest France, on the Bay of Biscay. A popular choice for surfers across Europe, the launch of the new service in March next year means Mancunians are able to hit the beach as temperatures begin to climb. Away from the sea, there are two large casinos, and a Museum of Chocolate, which sounds like a decent combination.
Producer Chris Webber contributed to this post