Ireland headquartered Ryanair and the Munich Airport are reportedly in negotiations to begin cooperation, as the low-cost airline are changing their strategy, and are now trying to attract more businessmen. In order to become attractive for them, they will have to start using the main airports at German destinations such as Hamburg, Berlin and Munich, instead of the cheaper provincial ones they have been using so far. The company plans to increase their share of budget flights from and to Germany from 5 to 15-20 per cent by 2020.
So far, Ryanair have been taking off and landing at Memmingen Airport (officially “Allgäu-Airport”, about 120 kilometres away from Munich), currently they are advertising the destination as “Munich West Memmingen Airport”. The company has identified Munich-London and Munich-Hamburg flights as possible routes. The plan is that you could fly to London in the morning and return in the evening.
If Ryanair and the Munich airport come to an agreement soon, the first flights from Munich could start in the winter of 2016. The company plans to continue using the Memmingen airport though. Ryanair head of marketing Kenny Jacobs told Süddeutsche Zeitung recently: “Our Bavaria strategy is to strengthen both airports.” The flights from Memmingen will then remain oriented towards tourists, while the flights from Munich are planned to attract businessmen.