Ryanair is ramping up its operations ahead of the summer, announcing its largest ever flight schedule out of Dublin airport.
In total, the airline will run 900 flights a week to 120 destinations through the summer season, an increase of 22 routes compared with summer of 2019.
The recovery in traffic will result in the basing of a 33rd Ryanair aircraft in Dublin, which the carrier says will result in the creation of 30 new roles. The growth is in part being driven by the Government backed Travel Recovery Support Scheme, which is being operated by Dublin and Cork airport operator daa.
The €90m in funding is being used to offer incentives to airlines to rebuild capacity and add routes in and out of the country's airports through lower passenger charges where promised growth is delivered.
However, as it grows capacity, Ryanair says the TRSS scheme must be at a minimum extended by the Government until the winter season of 2022/23. This, it claims, will ensure that capacity for tourist visits to Ireland, particularly after the summer in the quieter shoulder period, is secured. Ryanair Chief Executive Eddie Wilson said the scheme had given Ryanair the confidence to invest in rebuilding its operations out of Dublin.
The Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) has also welcomed the announcement by Ryanair.