Posted on: 17 January 2012 by Ross McSweeny
Ryanair reports that it will create more than 1,000 new jobs in 2012 for pilots, cabin crew, engineers and sales/marketing people, relating to the growth of its fleet from 270 to 305 aircraft.
In its press release Ryanair, which will offer none of the new jobs in Ireland, attacked the irish goivernment’s air transport and tax policies. “While many of these jobs will be taken up by Irish people, sadly none will be based in Ireland, where a combination of high charges at the Government-owned airports, and the Government’s €3 travel tax, means that seat capacity and traffic at the DAA airports will continue to decline, while Ryanair grows rapidly with five more bases in Europe, where airports offer considerably lower fees and other EU governments do not tax visitors.”
The five new bases announced so far in 2012 will be in Billund (Denmark), Wroclaw (Poland), Palma (Spain), Manchester (UK) and Paphos in Cyprus. Ryanair expects its traffic to grow from 76m passengers in 2011 to 80m in 2012.
The airline’s director of communications, Stephen McNamara, added, “Ryanair looks forward to another strong year of fleet and traffic growth in 2012 and we are proud to create over 1,000 new jobs in Europe for pilots, cabin crew, engineers and sales and marketing people.
“While Ryanair has grown rapidly to become the number one airline in Spain, Italy, the UK and many other EU countries, we continue to reduce flights, traffic and job numbers here in Ireland, where the DAA monopoly airports are totally uncompetitive, and even Aer Lingus has described Dublin Airport’s fees as ‘insane’. Sadly the new Irish Government continues to follow the failed policy of its predecessor by supporting the DAA monopoly’s high and rising airport fees, and the crazy tourist tax which has seen traffic at the three Government owned DAA airports decline from 30 million passengers in 2007, to just 22 million in 2011.
“Ryanair believes that Ireland can return to strong traffic, tourism and jobs growth, but only when the new Government delivers on its promise to scrap the tourist tax, reduce the DAA’s high airport charges to competitive levels, to put Ireland back in the market as a low cost tourist destination, and end the failed policy of protecting the high cost, traffic declining DAA airport monopoly,” McNamara concluded.