Ryanair today announced plans to create 200 new jobs here in Ireland, primarily for technology, software development and digital marketing specialists, as An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, and Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, joined Ryanair chairman, David Bonderman to officially open Ryanair’s new 100,000 sq.ft Dublin office campus in Airside Business Park, Swords.
Ryanair confirmed that in the coming year (to March 2015) its traffic will grow from 81.5 million to over 84 million passengers, as it opens new bases in Lisbon, Athens, Brussels, Rome and significantly expands its route network from Dublin and London Stansted airports. In addition to creating 500 new jobs for pilots, engineers and cabin crew in 2014, Ryanair will now create a further 200 jobs in its new Dublin offices, to develop its improved Ryanair.com digital platform as well as its new mobile app at end June.
Ryanair’s chairman David Bonderman said today: “… These are exciting times as we return to strong traffic growth to/from Ireland as a direct result of the Irish Government’s foresighted decision to scrap the travel tax from April 1st. The repeal of this tax has directly led Ryanair to open 21 new routes to Ireland in 2014, as well as increasing frequencies on over 30 other routes, in an expansion that will add more than 1.1m passengers at Dublin, Shannon and Knock airports, and will create over 1,000 new jobs in Irish tourism in 2014.
“I am excited by Ryanair’s growth prospects, as we take delivery of another 175 aircraft from our partners Boeing. We look forward to welcoming these 200 new people to Ryanair’s new Dublin office campus, where they will join a team which continues to show that Ireland leads the world airline industry and will continue to do so for years to come.”
An Taoiseach said: “I am delighted to be here to open Ryanair’s new office campus and welcome the creation of 200 new jobs. This Government’s top priority is to get Ireland working again. From an early stage, we have targeted tourism as a key driver of economic recovery and I am pleased to say budgetary measures such as the 9% VAT rate and the more recent cutting of the travel tax to zero have been welcomed by the industry which has responded by delivering new jobs and routes.”