Ryanair has opened a new base at the UK’s Newcastle International airport including the addition of 10 new routes to European destinations this summer.

The budget carrier is planning to operate more than 130 flights to a total of 19 routes from the airport in northeast England, including new flights to destinations such as Crete, Krakow, Milan, Paphos and Riga.

Ryanair said this represented an increase of 40 extra weekly flights from Newcastle compared with its pre-Covid schedule in summer 2019.

Dara Brady, Ryanair’s director of marketing, said the airline would base two aircraft at the airport this summer.

“We are delighted to open this new base and strengthen our relationship with Newcastle Airport, which will now host a fleet of two Ryanair aircraft,” said Brady.

Newcastle International chief executive Nick Jones called Ryanair’s move a “significant investment and commitment”, which would benefit the wider region.

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