Friday, June 13, 2008

Ryanair say goodbye to Madrid, and au revoir to Provence!!

Ryanair has announced today that it is closing down its non-stop flights from Torp Sandefjord to Marseille Provence this fall. This due to stiff competition and increasing oil prices. It will also close its flight to Madrid and Pisa and reduce the frequency to four other of its destinations.

There are many critical voices to the Irish budget airline in Norway. I took one of the first Ryanair flights from Sandefjord to Marseille october 2006, and I found nothing to be critical of. I loved my trip to Marseille and Ryanair brought us from Norway to France on schedule and we paid only €100 for a roundtrip ticket for two!!!

Torp Sandefjord is the main hub for Ryanair in Norway. It serves the eastern part of the country and Ryanair has launched and closed down destinations over the last years. The flights to Marseille and Madrid will not be the last to be closed down.

Ryanairs service to Madrid has has hard competition by the flights operated by the rivals Scandinavian Airlines and Norwegian Air Shuttle to the Spanish capital. This destination will not be opened later, but Ryanair has been the only airline flying to Marseille, and has suggested that they may reopen this service in 2009.

Reduced frequency to four destinations

Ryanair will reduce the number of flights from Torp Sandefjord to:

- Girona/Barcelona, from 4 to 2 weekly flights
- Bremen, from 5 to 3 weekly flights
- Dublin, from 7 to 4 weekly flights
- Milan, from 7 to 4 weekly flights
- Liverpool, from 4 to 3 weekly flights

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