Angouleme, Arad, Constanta, Welcome!

Today Ryanair announced 50 new routes around Europe for 2008; among these, there will be three entirely new destinations in the bunch: Angoulême in France and Arad and Constan?a in Romania.

The expansion to Romania is welcome; frankly, we expected it to happen months ago. Arad is currently served by Romanian low-cost airline BlueAir, which flies to Stuttgart, Valencia, and Verona from the far western Romanian city. Constanza, at the opposite end of Romania, in the country’s southeast on the Black Sea, is a big regional beach resort. Ryanair will be the first budget airline to serve it.

The airline will also be the first budget airline to serve Angoulême, a department capital in southwestern France, thereby increasing Ryanair’s already notable presence in the southwestern quarter of the country.

Ryanair will fly one route apiece to each of these new destinations: Arad-Orio al Serio (Milan), Angoulême-London Stansted, and Constanta-Pisa.

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Alex Robertson Textor
About the author: Bitten by the travel bug at 11, Alex Robertson Textor has fond childhood memories of ultracheap Spanish hotels (the kind with Styrofoam shelving) and supermarket lunches scarfed on park benches. Formerly an academic, Alex has spent the last several years redirecting his professional life into full-time travel journalism and editing. He has published articles in the New York Times, Guardian Unlimited, Condé Nast Traveler, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, among other publications.
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