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Ryanair has lived up to its promise to expand on the Continent following the Brexit vote with a new base in Frankfurt.

The airline claims it will become the first low-fare airline to open a base at Frankfurt am Main – Germany’s biggest airport and home to Lufthansa.

Four routes will be offered using two Boeing 737-800s based at the hub from March 2017.

Ryanair will serve Alicante, Faro, Malaga and Palma with daily flights and aims to carry 400,000 passengers a year.

Chief commercial officer David O’Brien said: “We are pleased to launch a new base at Frankfurt am Main airport from the end of March, our ninth German base and 85th in Europe.

“Our two based aircraft represent an investment of $200 million, which further underlines our commitment to growing traffic, tourism and jobs in the Hessen region.

“We look forward to working closely with [airport owner] Fraport to deliver industry leading efficiencies and further growth at Germany’s biggest airport.”