Ryanair announced today it will open nine new routes from Dublin (from April 2014) as well as increased frequencies on eight existing routes, which will deliver an additional 700,000 passengers each year and will support 700 new on-site jobs at Dublin Airport. This new capacity is the final part of the one million passenger growth that Ryanair promised to deliver at the main Irish airports as a direct result of the Government’s decision to scrap the €3 travel tax from April 2014.
Ryanair also announced that it will create over 300 new direct jobs in Ireland in 2014, for pilots, cabin crew, customer service specialists and software developers as the airline rolls out an extensive programme of customer service and website improvements. These 300 new Ryanair jobs will be in addition to the 1,000 indirect jobs that will be created at Dublin, Knock and Shannon airports to cater for the 1 million passenger growth which Ryanair will deliver from April 2014 following the scrapping of the travel tax.
Speaking about the announcement Michael O’Leary said: “Ryanair is pleased to deliver nine new Europe routes to/from Dublin and over one million new passengers for Ireland, which will create over 1,000 new jobs at the Irish airports, in direct response to the Government’s welcome initiative to scrap the €3 air travel tax from April 2014. A critical component of this growth will be 100 extra weekly flights into Dublin from Britain, which will reverse the recent tourism declines in UK visitors coming to Ireland.
“We are also proud to confirm that we will create over 300 new direct jobs in Ryanair in Ireland in 2014 to crew our new based aircraft and to help us roll out our very exciting growth plans, which will include significant improvements to the Ryanair.com website and to our industry leading customer service.”
The DAA’s Kevin Toland said: “DAAis pleased by Ryanair’s decision to accelerate its growth at Dublin Airport in response to the Government’s decision on the air travel tax and the attractive suite of incentives we offer to airlines launching new services or increasing passenger numbers. This year represents the third successive year of growth at Dublin Airport on both short and long haul services, which is very positive for tourism and the overall economy, and today’s announcement provides a strong platform for continuation of this trend.”