The low-cost airline Ryanair celebrated two anniversaries in Germany on June 1, 2022: Weeze Airport has been there for 15 years and Cologne/Bonn for ten years. The carrier continues to market the first airport, which is officially called Niederrhein, as "Düsseldorf Weeze".
The fact that Weeze is not just around the corner from the state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia has never interested Ryanair in marketing. There is even a court ruling that says that the low-cost airline must point out that Weeze Airport is around 70 kilometers from Düsseldorf. In 2003, the district court in Cologne prohibited the carrier from marketing the airport as “Niederrhein (Düsseldorf)”. Three aircraft are currently stationed at this regional airport. 28 routes are offered.
"15 years of the Ryanair base - this anniversary underlines the good and reliable cooperation between the system partners airline and airport. For our guests, especially from the Netherlands and North Rhine-Westphalia, the jets stationed in Weeze offer ideal flight times and a wide selection of holiday and city destinations. We look forward to the next 15 years together as a successful Ryanair base," says Weeze Airport Director Sebastian Papst.
Active in Cologne/Bonn for a decade
The Irish low-cost airline has had a presence in Cologne/Bonn for ten years. Five aircraft are currently stationed at the site. 38 routes are offered in summer. According to its own information, around 2012 million passengers have been transported to/from Cologne/Bonn since entering the market in 14. The base was opened in 2014.
“There has been excellent cooperation between Ryanair and Cologne/Bonn Airport for ten years now. We are pleased to have such a partner at our airport and are very optimistic about our common goals in the present and in the future," says Cologne/Bonn Managing Director Thilo Schmid.