Ryanair firms Kaunas plans, adds Grenoble, Lodz and Poznan

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Irish budget carrier Ryanair has confirmed it will this autumn begin flights to Kaunas in Lithuania from London Stansted, one of four new route announcements today.

Ryanair, which thus becomes the first low cost carrier operating out of the Lithuanian airport, is targeting in excess of 100,000 passengers in its first year of operation on the Kaunas route.

In addition to the new Lithuanian service, Ryaniar has further increased its presence in central Europe with the launch of Stansted flights to Lodz and Poznan in Poland.

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary says: “We launched our first route in Poland just three months ago from Stansted to Wroclaw. With these two new routes to Lodz and Poznan, Ryanair will serve more Polish airports (seven) directly from London than any other airline.”

The Irish carrier will also start flights to Grenoble in France. The Stansted-Grenoble route was formerly operated by Buzz, but was among a number of French routes dropped after Ryanair acquired the budget carrier from KLM in 2003.

The daily flights to the four new destinations will begin between September 22 and October 30.

Ryanair is also increasing to twice a day the frequency on its existing routes from Stansted to Londonderry, Riga in Latvia, Tampere in Finland and the Spanish cities of Seville and Granada.