Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair is continually in aviation industry headlines and the budget airline made it again last week with its announcement of plans to open its 49th base in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. This came only one week after it announced Billund, Denmark to be its 48th base. Ryanair currently operates 30 services from Palma but from Mar-2012 will increase this to 47 with a fleet of four 189-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft to be based on the island of Majorca. The announcement came with a warning from Ryanair to Air Europa and airberlin that their respective passenger shares are to be damaged as the LCC establishes a permanent base. But the real impact will be less on these carriers and more on the Nordic and Eastern European regions that will be connected to the Spanish resort for the first time.
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