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daa Welcomes Ryanair Announcement Of Largest Ever Dublin Airport Summer Programme

daa has welcomed the announcement by Ryanair today of its largest ever summer schedule from Dublin Airport which will see 120 destinations and over 900 weekly flights available from the country’s busiest and best-connected airport this summer.

Ryanair 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. Eleven new summer routes will be on offer from Dublin Airport this summer versus last year, 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.

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.”

Niall Gibbons, Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland, said:

“Today’s launch of Ryanair’s summer 2022 schedule at Dublin Airport is really good news for overseas tourism and another important step on the road to recovery for our sector. We warmly welcome the announcement of new services – including the new flights from Nuremberg and Nimes. These new services will certainly help boost tourism from the important German and French markets. Tourism Ireland is committed to working with Dublin Airport, Ryanair and our other key partners, through co-operative marketing, to drive demand for flights to Ireland.”

“As an island, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism. Today’s announcement by Ryanair and Dublin Airport is really positive and augurs well for the return of growth in overseas tourism to Ireland in 2022 and beyond.”