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Good news, rugby fans! Ryanair announces new Dublin-Toulouse route

Extra.ie logo Extra.ie 24/05/2019 George Morahan
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Ryanair has announced a new Dublin-Toulouse operating four times per week over the winter months and daily from April 2020, making it easier for Irish rugby fans to reach the French city for future European clashes.

‘We are pleased to launch our new route from Dublin to Toulouse, which will operate four times weekly as part of our winter 2019 schedule, and will continue with a daily service for Summer 2020,’ Ryanair’s Eimear Ryan said.

‘To celebrate the start of this new route, Ryanair is offering up to 20pc off 100,000 seats for travel in June 2019 subject to availability for booking until midnight Saturday (4 May), only on the Ryanair.com website.

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‘Since these amazing low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto Ryanair.com and avoid missing out.’

Customers can book flights to Toulouse from Dublin Airport as far out as October 2020

The Irish airline announced this month that profits for its full financial year fell 29pc year-on-year to €1.02bn following a damaging year of strikes and rising fuel costs.

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Some 139.1m people flew with the budget carrier last year, a 7pc increase year-on-year, as fares fell 6pc amid a worsening trading environment, with rivals such as Flybe, Flybmi, Wow all either sold or shut down.

Increased revenue (+19pc) from ancillary services was also offset by higher wages for pilots and cabin crew following industrial action last summer, compensation relating to cancelled flights during those strikes, and fuel prices.

‘We are delighted to see Ryanair’s route network grow further from Dublin Airport with this new service to Toulouse,’ Dublin Airport managing director Vincent Harrison said.

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‘Also known as “The Pink City”, Toulouse is steeped in culture and history and is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites so I have no doubt it will be a very popular destination. We will work closely with Ryanair’s management team to help promote the new route.’

The airport welcomed 9.3m passengers in the first four months of the year, a 7pc increase on the same period in 2018, making it the 11th busiest in Europe.

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