Ryanair today announced it carried 9 million passengers from Puglia region (Italy) serving Bari and Brindisi since launching a single route from London Stansted to Bari in 2004. This summer it plans to operate 32 routes from Bari and Brindisi carrying 2.7 million passengers a year, supporting 2,700 jobs in the Puglia region. Ryanair stated 70% of the traffic on the routes is inbound tourism and 30% outbound, negotiations are underway to add new routes from both bases in 2014/5.

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said “In just nine years Ryanair carried 9 million passengers to and from Puglia, saving for the same over € 780 million by switching to Ryanair’s low fares by high tariffs Alitalia. Ryanair will carry about 2.7 million passengers from Bari and Brindisi year, supporting 2,700 jobs and strengthening the commitment of Ryanair and the importance of tourism in Puglia”.

Puglia is a region of Italy in Southern Italy bordering the Adriatic Sea in the east, the Ionian Sea to the southeast, and the Strait of Òtranto and Gulf of Taranto in the south. Its most southern portion, known as Salento peninsula, forms a high heel on the “boot” of Italy.


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