Ryanair launches 10 new routes from UK – with flights to Spanish islands and Italy

RYANAIR has launched 10 new routes from it new base in Newcastle.

The budget airline will operate 19 routes in total from the airport, with more than 130 flights every week from Newcastle over the summer.

The 10 new destinations are Chania in Greece, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Krakow, Menorca, Milan, Paphos, Riga in Latvia, and Zadar in Croatia.

Ryanair has invested £152m in its new Newcastle base, creating 60 jobs.

Dan Brady, Ryanair's director of marketing, said: "Ryanair is thrilled to announce its largest Newcastle schedule that offers 130 weekly flights across 19 routes, including 10 new routes to fantastic destinations as Chania, Milan and Zadar.

"The opening of this base and introduction of these new routes from Newcastle reinforces our commitment to increasing connectivity, travel options and inbound tourism to the area as Ryanair will now offer 40 per cent more capacity than it did pre-pandemic."

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Currently, passengers boarding all Ryanair flights need to wear a face mask, unless they are medically exempt.

This rule is likely to be scrapped in the coming weeks, as Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary said he hopes to see the end of masks by the "end of April or May".

Other airlines have already ditched their mandatory face mask rule, including easyJet, Jet2 and Virgin Atlantic.

Earlier this month, TUI scrapped its mandatory face mask rule for passengers on flights to and from England and Northern Ireland.

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The travel operator has now extended that to passengers flying to and from Wales.

British airways announced it was scrapping mandatory masks earlier this month, however, the airline has now updated its website and states that Brits will still need to wear a mask if they are flying to one of 50 countries.

In other Ryanair news, the airline has been forced to cancel thousands of flights to Lisbon this summer due to a lack of airport slots.

Ryanair confirmed that 19 routes, which includes UK airports Birmingham and Bournemouth, will no longer go ahead.

The cancellations will affect 5,000 flights – working out to 900,000 passengers affected.

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A passenger has revealed how to save £50 on your Ryanair flights with baggage included.

Tiktok user Clóda Scanlon shared a video explaining how you can save money when you book your flights through the Ryanair app.

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