Ryanair expands service switching main base to London Stansted Airport.

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Communications Seamus Brennan travelled on the Ryanair's Dublin to London Stansted maiden flight and inaugurated the new service.

It's a very big day for Irish aviation and more importantly it's a very big day for Irish tourism

Ryanair's expansion into Stansted will provide direct access for Irish regional airports into London's fourth and growing airport and will represent the future of Irish air travel into the United Kingdom.

The new route will provide a highly frequent service from Dublin, Galway, Waterford, Knock and Kerry to London, whilst maintaining daily services from Dublin, Knock and Cork into Luton Airport. Ryanair will operate the service on an expanded fleet of jet and ATR42 aircraft.

1990 was the airline's most successful year to date carrying over 750,000 passengers and hopes are to improve on this in 1991. As one of the most modern airports in the world Stansted will provide passengers with international connections to Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Frankfurt, and Florence.

The Airport will be linked to London by the 'Stansted Express' rail link with a journey time of 41 minutes to London Liverpool Street.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 9 May 1991. The reporter is Kevin McDonald.