Irish ultra-low-cost carrier Ryanair has announced the addition of more than one million low-fare seats to its UK winter schedule.

The seats have been increased for its flights operating across 20 airports in the UK.

This move comes after workforce shortfall and capacity reduction at Heathrow Airport (LHR) led British Airways (BA) to cancel more than 10,000 flights (8%) of its winter schedule.

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said: “While BA is cancelling 8% of their winter schedule due to staff shortages and ‘Hopeless Heathrow’s’ capacity restrictions, Ryanair is now adding more capacity (over one million low-fare seats) to our largest ever UK winter schedule so that UK families can book with confidence that they will get to their low-fare city break and winter sun getaways without the risk of flight cancellations and avoiding ‘Hopeless Heathrow’ as well.”

With this decision, Ryanair anticipates that its 2022 annual passenger volume could increase from the original target of 165 million to more than 166.5 million.

It added that the move would give its UK customers more low-fare seats to destinations such as Spain, Italy, Portugal, Morocco, Greece and France.

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O’Leary added: “Ryanair is the UK’s most reliable airline, offering the lowest fares from just £29.99 and the widest choice of destinations to/from its 20 UK airports this winter, including Stansted, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Edinburgh and many more.”

In March, Ryanair unveiled its ambition to become carbon neutral by 2050.

The budget airline aims to reach 34% of decarbonisation with the use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) usage and 32% through technological and operational upgrades.