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TIN news:   Ryanair has launched a network of seven new European routes from Belfast International Airport, the airline's Northern Ireland base.
The new routes will cater for Berlin, Milan, Alicante, Malaga, Krakow, Lanzarote, and Tenerife. The five routes have been increased to seven, with five daily flights to London's Gatwick Airport.
The airline will operate two flights every week to Milan as well as to or from Tenerife and Lanzarote, three weekly flights to or from Berlin, Alicante and Krakow, and four flights a week to or from Malaga.
In January, Ryanair announced its plans to establish a Northern Ireland base at Belfast Airport with an intention to introduce five new routes, along with a three daily flights to Gatwick.
Belfast International Airport managing director Graham Keddie said: "This new network comes at no cost to the taxpayer or support from government.
"It will provide direct access to Northern Ireland, drive up tourism numbers, increase Northern Ireland's international appeal and lead to many hundreds of new jobs."
Three aeroplanes will be based at Belfast with a total investment of more than $300m, which is expected to create 750 job opportunities at the airport.
"It will provide direct access to Northern Ireland, drive up tourism numbers, increase Northern Ireland's international appeal and lead to many hundreds of new jobs."
Keddie said: "These new jobs will be at the airport and the ever-increasing supply chain.
"Already, we've announced close to 300 new jobs which will generate £4.8m in wages, but that's just the beginning of an amazing period of growth and expansion that will be the inevitable consequence of this most welcome announcement."
In February, airport traffic increased by 20% compared to the same month last year.
Keddie added: "This sector is being transformed for the better. Seven new international routes are a wonderful vote of confidence by Ryanair."

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