Irish budget airline Ryanair is opening a new base in Paris-Beauvais Airport (BVA) in France. While announcing the launch of a $200 million-worth project, the airline did not miss an opportunity to point the finger at weakening French competitors.

Jason McGuinness, the Director of Commercial at Ryanair, announcing the scheduled date of the new base opening, did not miss the opportunity to emphasize the company’s superiority over competitors. The French operator Air France received quite sharp criticism.

“We are delighted to announce a $200 million investment at Ryanair’s fourth French base in Paris Beauvais Airport. This development will create over 2,300 direct and indirect jobs at a time when other airlines, including Air France, retrench and reduce capacity and investment, despite receiving €7 billion in discriminatory State Aid,” said McGuinness in the press release.

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Ryanair has placed new ordinary shares and raised approximately €400 million from shareholders to strengthen its balance sheet. The airline shows its determination to use current economic down for its own benefit and jump ahead of its competitors.  
 

The carrier plans to open a new base with 2 aircraft on December 3, 2020. Ryanair will also initiate 32 routes in total connecting Paris to 13 countries across Europe. 

Ryanair will also launch two fresh services to Paphos, Cyprus, and Manchester, United Kingdom, twice a week as well as connections to business and leisure destinations around Europe, including Barcelona, Milan, Faro, and Thessaloniki.

Paris-Beauvais airport is the first base announced by Ryanair in Europe since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis.