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Ryanair confirms Glasgow Prestwick summer routes

Prestwick Airport/Geograph Image copyright Thomas Nugent
Image caption Ryanair will operate a total of 44 weekly return flights from Prestwick next summer

Budget airline Ryanair has confirmed that it will continue flying from Prestwick Airport next summer.

The carrier revealed in July that it was transferring several key routes from Prestwick to Glasgow Airport.

That led to speculation about the future of passenger services at the Ayrshire terminal.

Ryanair will operate a total of 44 weekly return flights from Prestwick next summer, and 57 return flights from Glasgow.

The airline's 2015 summer schedule for Edinburgh Airport will include one new route to London Stansted and increased frequencies on existing services to Barcelona, Pisa and Rome.

Ryanair is the sole remaining scheduled passenger carrier at Prestwick, which was bought by the Scottish government for £1 last year.

In July the carrier announced that some destinations, including Dublin, would move from Prestwick to Glasgow.

But it said then it remained committed to its long-standing base at Prestwick, where the airline has a major maintenance facility.

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary said: "Ryanair is pleased to be the first airline in Scotland to launch its 2015 summer schedule, with nine new Glasgow International routes to Bydgoszcz, Carcassonne, Chania, Derry, Dublin, London Stansted, Riga, Warsaw and Wroclaw and - just as important - 16 Glasgow Prestwick routes, which will deliver 1.35 million customers per annum to and from Glasgow."

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