Maliaño (EFE).- The English citizen Fiona Berner, who made the air connection between Birmingham (United Kingdom) and the capital of Cantabria on Monday, has become the 10 millionth Ryanair passenger at the Seve Ballesteros-Santander airport.
Among the 163 passengers who have arrived on this low-cost company flight, which landed at around 1:25 p.m., was this British woman who was traveling with her husband and mother-in-law to visit her sister-in-law who lives in Navajeda ( Entrambasaguas).
“Very excited, very privileged to be number 10 million”, Berner assured the media, after being received by the President of Cantabria, Miguel Ángel Revilla, the Minister of Tourism, Javier López Marcano, the director of the airport , Bienvenido Rico, and Ryanair’s country manager for Spain and Portugal, Elena Cabrera.
Two free flights
After his arrival and reception by the authorities, the airline gave him two flights for two people, while the Government of Cantabria gave him a book on Cantabria and merchandising for the Lebaniego Jubilee Year 2023, some backpacks and brochures on this event that the rest of the passengers who have arrived on this flight have also received.
Revilla wanted to remember that the first Ryanair flight arrived in September 2004 when it was an “expectation” of whether it could go well, regular or bad.
He has assured that receiving the 10 millionth passenger from this company in 2023 “says it all”, and he believes that it summarizes the success story of an airport that 20 years ago had one flight in the morning and another in the afternoon.
“We set out to boost the airport to levels such as those that will surely give an all-time record result this year in the month of December”, highlighted the president.
In addition, the Ryanair representative highlighted that this summer the company will have a “record summer” schedule in Santander, including four new routes with Alicante, Birmingham (England), Seville and Treviso (Venice) and increasing the frequency on five of the “most popular” routes: Brussels, Rome, Malaga, Dublin and Edinburgh.
“For our fiscal year that ends right now, we calculate that between April 2023 and March 2024 some 760,000 passengers will enter or leave Santander with Ryanair,” added Elena Cabrero.