Ryanair to create 300 jobs with new routes
RYANAIR today announced details of a major expansion plan which will see the creation of 300 new jobs next year.
The airline is expanding its operations at Dublin Airport which will involve the setting of nine new routes.
The routes will be launched next April from Dublin to Almeria, Bari, Basel, Bucharest, Chania, Comiso, Lisbon, Marrakesh and Prague.
The plan will result in 300 new jobs and a further 700 indirect positions from 2014, the company said today.
The announcement was welcomed by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
"A million extra passengers coming in here is an extraordinary signal of confidence for 2014," Mr Kenny said.
Ryanair said that its expansion stems from the government's decision to scrap the €3 travel tax in Budget 2014.
The company's chief executive Michael O'Leary said that the 300 new jobs will be spread between Dublin and Shannon airports.
"I commend the scrapping of the travel tax which was key to this growth. The government are playing a key role in making Ireland an attractive travel destination," Mr O'Leary said.