Posted on: 14 November 2013 by Mark Howells
From April 2014, Ryanair is to open nine new routes from Dublin as well as increasing frequencies on eight existing routes, designed to deliver an additional 700,000 passengers a year at Dublin Airport.
This new capacity is the final part of the 1 million passenger growth that Ryanair promised to deliver at the main Irish airports as a direct result of the Irish Government’s decision to scrap the €3 travel tax from April 2014.
The nine new routes will be to Almeria (4 times weekly), Bari (4 times weekly), Basel (6 times weekly), Bucharest (8 times weekly), Chania (4 times weekly), Comiso (4 times weekly), Lisbon (14 times weekly), Marrakesh (4 times weekly) and Prague (10 times weekly).
The eight routes from Dublin with increased frequencies are Birmingham (up from 6 to 8 daily), Bristol (up from 4 to 6 daily), Edinburgh (up from 4 to 8 daily), Glasgow Prestwick (up from 4 to 6 daily), London Stansted (up from 16 to 18 daily), Madrid (up from 14 to 18 weekly), Manchester (up from 8 to 10 daily) and Nice (up from 4 to 6 weekly).
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.
Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary commented, “Ryanair is pleased to deliver nine new Europe routes to/from Dublin and over 1 million new passengers for Ireland. 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.”