Published on January 20th, 2022 | by Alan Dwyer0
Ryanair Announce Largest Ever Dublin Schedule
Ryanair has announced its largest ever schedule from Dublin Airport for the summer 2022 season. The summer schedule will see over 900 flights per week to 120 destinations across Europe. Ryanair will also base their 33rd aircraft at Dublin to allow for the expansion of routes that will create 30 direct jobs as a result of this additional aircraft based in Dublin. With an additional 22 routes compared with Summer 2019 and over 900 flights departing to over 120 destinations every week, this increased connectivity will deliver much needed inbound tourism while also giving Irish holidaymakers an abundance of travel choices to top European destinations like Spain, Italy, Greece, Croatia and Portugal. After 2 years of stop\start ineffective travel restrictions, the daa has finally been given the tools to incentivise travel with its Traffic Recovery Support Scheme (TRSS) which was recommended by the Aviation Task Force in their report of July 2020.
Commenting on the announcement of the summer schedule from Dublin, Ryanair DAC’s CEO, Eddie Wilson said, “We are pleased to announce our largest ever flight schedule at Dublin Airport this summer. This extensive programme will see Ryanair operate over 900 weekly flights to over 120 destinations, giving inbound tourism a much-needed boost while also giving Irish consumers the widest choice of great destinations this summer. This scheme gives Ryanair the confidence to invest in our largest ever summer schedule and the largest number of based aircraft at Dublin Airport. The daa TRSS scheme will ensure airport charges are competitively priced versus other EU countries this summer, and Ryanair has responded by launching its largest ever investment in aircraft, connections and jobs at Dublin Airport. With many airlines cutting routes and jobs, it is important that Ireland’s airport charges remain competitive versus other EU countries and regions so that this investment can be maintained in this period of recovery and it is vital that this Traffic Recovery Scheme is extended into winter ’22/23 to keep that investment and connectivity in Ireland.
Also commenting was the data CEO Dalton Philips who welcomed today’s announcement by Ryanair saying, “Government funding announced in Budget 2022 has allowed daa offer additional attractive incentives to our airline partners to rebuild international connectivity from Dublin Airport and this investment by Ryanair for the busy summer season ahead is testament to that. Together we have a long journey to travel as we seek to reconnect Ireland to the rest of the world and fulfil our role as an economic enabler for the Irish economy in terms of trade, tourism and social connectivity but today is a further welcome development in rebuilding our extensive route network from Dublin Airport.”
And finally the Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton T.D. added, “Government funding of €160m to our airports in recent months including over €97m to Dublin Airport has put daa in a position to offer attractive incentives to their airline partners and this announcement by Ryanair represents the fruits of that. The restoration and growth of the route network out of Dublin Airport this summer is welcome news as we rebuild the international connectivity stymied by the global pandemic. I would also like to acknowledge the airline industry for their continued support to Government in implementing the travel restrictions that have been introduced as public health measures throughout the pandemic. I appreciate that this has been an onerous task at times, especially when considering the impact that these necessary measures have had on the aviation industry. There are brighter days ahead and we look forward to continued easing of measures as circumstances allow.”