Whilst Ryanair enjoys closing bases, it also expands them too when there’s a chance to make cash. And it seems it’s going to expand at its home of Dublin Airport.
Ryanair plans to serve 120 destinations and over 900 weekly flights from DublinAirport for the summer season. It will also increase its investment at Dublin Airport with the delivery of an additional aircraft, bringing to 33 the number of aircraft at its Dublin base this summer.
Is there money involved? Oh, you bet there is.
11 new summer routes will be offered out of Dublin Airport this year. This is based on what Dublin Airport calls:
On the strength of enhanced traffic recovery incentive schemes for its airline customers like Ryanair who are looking to grow their business at Dublin Airport.
Translation: It seems to get some of these routes off the ground, the “enhanced traffic recovery scheme” is paying towards these flights.
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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.
After 2 years of stop\start ineffective travel restrictions, the daa have finally been given the tools to incentivise travel with its Traffic Recovery Support Scheme (TRSS) which was recommended by the Aviation Task Force to Government in their report of July 2020. This scheme gives Ryanair the confidence to invest in our largest ever summer schedule and largest number of based aircraft at Dublin Airport. The daa TRSS scheme will ensure airport charges are competitively priced vs. other EU countries this summer, and Ryanair have 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 vs. 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.
Dalton Philips, daa CEO, 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.”
Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton T.D. said:
“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.”
It’s all about the money… and maybe a network
For an airline that seeks the lowest costs, the aid will help the airline boost its network for summer 2022. For passengers, an expanded network is always welcome.
But this time, money more than ever is helping shape the route network out of Dublin Airport.
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