Ryanair will carry 14 million people in and out of Ireland but it’s bad news for Dublin
Irish airline Ryanair has released its schedule for 2017 and it reveals it will carry a staggering 14 million people in and out of Ireland.
The schedule includes an increased number of flights to and from both Cork and Shannon Airports, but Dublin will see a decrease after Ryanair claimed they are withdrawing growth incentives.
The airports outside the capital will see an increase in their summer schedules, with holiday spots such as Lanzarote, Malaga and Palma being the most frequently visited destinations.
Ryanair said it had delivered over 70% of the traffic growth at Dublin 2014, 2015, and 2016, but are now switching 3% of their seats to lower cost airports elsewhere.
Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said: “We are disappointed that Ryanair has decided to reduce some of its capacity from Dublin next year.
“We’d like to thank Ryanair for growing its business significantly at Dublin over the past three years and we look forward to continuing to work closely with them to support their route network from Dublin in the future.”
A Ryanair spokesman said: “We are pleased with this early launch date of our Irish summer 2017 schedule with more frequency to sun destinations at lower fares, making family holidays even more affordable.
“It’s a pity the DAA chose to discontinue its growth incentive into 2017, which means that Dublin Airport is becoming uncompetitive, and which incentivizes Ryanair to switch growth to other lower cost airports in Europe.
“In the meantime, customers can look forward to even lower fares when they make advance bookings for summer 2017.”