The announcement created a surprise last September when the crisis linked to the Covid pandemic was far from over. The low cost Irish company Ryanair therefore maintains the challenge, even if the inauguration scheduled for this early December will not take place with great fanfare due to health constraints. The installation of this base was decided despite the drop in traffic caused by the pandemic. Two planes must be permanently installed in Beauvais (Boeing 737-800) as well as the corresponding crews.
When confinement weighs less on activity, 32 new routes will be accessible from Beauvais airport with 105 flights scheduled per day to thirteen European countries. Across its entire network, this time international, the company Ryanair intends to increase its flight capacity this winter to 40% of last year’s level. This amounts to keeping more than 60% of its traffic but with reduced frequencies and a decrease in the number of devices used.
Last September, Ryanair’s management announced that the new Beauvais base would ultimately create more than 2,000 jobs. A level that industry experts consider optimistic in the current context, especially since Ryanair has announced since March the elimination of 3,000 to 4,000 jobs. But the investment in Beauvais airport, where Ryanair has been present since 1997, makes it possible to prepare for the future with a budget of 200 million dollars (nearly 170 million euros) to bounce back in the midst of the crisis.
Another strategic point which is not officially invoked: the Irish company anticipates the arrival of Brexit and prepares its rear bases, of which Beauvais is part with Marseille, Bordeaux and Toulouse, the other three bases of the group in France.