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Ryanair targets Lufthansa’s Frankfurt hub to increase services

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Krista Kuznecova
Country: Germany Aircraft: Airplanes Airline: Ryanair
Source: The National

The Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair will announce by around late March how much it will step up its service from Lufthansa’s home hub of Frankfurt, said the chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs.

"We need another six to eight weeks to finish our planning and then we will announce new routes," he said, adding Ryanair would add routes to new Mediterranean destinations and to cities popular with business travellers.

Ryanair has been working on attracting more business customers. The chief executive Michael O’Leary said on Wednesday that the carrier aimed to boost the share of bookings in the "leisure plus" and "business plus" categories to 10 per cent from around 4 per cent currently within five years.

Ryanair had first announced plans to move into Frankfurt in November, stepping up its push into bigger airports and ratcheting up pressure on Lufthansa, which is expanding its own budget flights.

It started with two aircraft flying to four tourist destinations in Spain and Portugal but had already said it would bolster its offering in winter 2017/18.

"Frankfurt is a strategically important airport," Mr Jacobs said, adding that fact was not changed by Ryanair’s fight against Lufthansa’s recent agreement to lease crewed planes from low-cost airberlin.

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