Irish LCC Ryanair is expanding its German network by adding four new routes from Palma de Mallorca, Spain, but will transfer some flights from Frankfurt Hahn Airport (HHN) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA) because of weak economic performance.

Ryanair said it will operate for the first time from Berlin Tegel and Dusseldorf this summer. With two additional based Boeing 737-800s at Palma de Mallorca, four new German peak summer routes (June to August) will be launched. These include 6X-weekly services to Berlin Tegel; daily to Dusseldorf; 4X-weekly to Nuremberg; and 3X-weekly to Stuttgart. The number of flights from Palma to Cologne will rise to 13X-weekly and up to 5X-weekly between Palma and Dortmund.

In addition, Ryanair is downsizing its HHN-based fleet from five to four 737-800s beginning March 25, and will transfer four routes to FRA. The network from HHN will be reduced to 40 routes.

“Ryanair’s decision to reduce the number of aircraft based at [HHN] from five to four is due to weak economic performance, as demand for Ryanair aircraft at other airports across Europe increases at the same time,” Ryanair CCO David O’Brien said in a statement.

The route-transfer to FRA includes services to Porto, Portugal; Venice Treviso; Valencia, Spain; and Zadar Croatia. The HHN-Plovdiv, Bulgaria, route will be closed.

Kurt Hofmann,