Friday, August 10, 2012

Ryanair abandons Torp airport

Photo: Aerial view of Sandefjord Airport, Torp by Arsenikk
There are truly depressing news for travelers from Torp Airport. Irish carrier Ryanair has announced that it will abandon its former base from this winter season. The budget airline will keep flights to one destination only, cancelling the rest. Norwegian Air Shuttle and WizzAir take over from Ryanair with flights to more destinations in eastern Europe and the Mediterranean. 
The owners of Moss-Rygge Airport should carefully observe what happens at Torp airport, as it has to rely more and more on Ryanair for future business. Depending on the Irish budget carrier is risky business as it suddenly builds up but also suddenly leaves airports on short notice.

CEO Michael O'Leary. Photo: Lamos
This is the story told on Torp Airport, once the main base for Ryanair, but from coming winter the airline has decided only to maintain flights to one destination - London Stanstead. Ryanair wil cancel flights to destinations in 7 countries from this season. Some of them are operated on a seasonal basis, and we will see whether the airline will move them to Moss-Rygge or continue to fly out from Torp in 2013.
Other airports experience the wims of Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary. His reaction to increased taxes on Spanish airports is to pull out, or threaten to do so. 
There are two airlines that will replace Ryanair at Torp airport. Norwegian Air Shuttle will fly to London as well as Spanish and Turkish airports as Tenerife, Alicante, Malaga, Antalya, and Gran Canaria the 2012/2013 season. Hungarian WizzAir will fly to 9 destinations in Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and the Czech Republic and will open flights to Lublin in Poland coming season.
The question is, however, whether Torp Airport should mourn its loss of Ryanair, or rather say - good riddance. This as the airlines replacing the Irish budget carrier, are less likely to come and go as quickly as Ryanair.

View JULY 2012: All non-stop flights from Torp Airport in a larger map

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