Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Finance Minister Michael Noonan today joined Ryanair Chairman, David Bonderman to officially open Ryanair’s new 100,000 sq.ft Dublin office campus in Airside Business Park as Ryanair announced plans to create 200 new jobs here in Ireland, primarily for technology, software development and digital marketing specialists.
Ryanair expects that in the coming year its traffic will grow from 81.5m to over 84m passengers, as it opens new bases in Lisbon, Athens, Brussels, Rome and significantly expands its route network from Dublin and London Stansted airports.
Ryanair will create a further 200 jobs in its new Dublin offices, to develop its improved Ryanair.com digital platform, which will be released to the public later today.
Welcoming the announcement, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said:
This Government’s top priority is to get Ireland working again. From an early stage, we have targeted tourism as a key driver of economic recovery and I am pleased to say budgetary measures such as the 9% VAT rate and the more recent cutting of the travel tax to zero have been welcomed by the industry which has responded by delivering new jobs and routes.
The Government will continue, through the Action Plan for Jobs, to build on the 61,000 jobs created last year. I commend Ryanair for delivering on their promises and for their commitment to Ireland. I wish them well as they continue to grow their business in a competitive global market.
Ryanair Chairman David Bonderman added:
Ryanair sees the decision to scrap the travel tax as a welcome policy development by Mr Kenny’s government, which will enable Ireland’s airline/tourism industry to grow strongly, and it has certainly encouraged Ryanair to invest in, and help create, thousands of new jobs here in Ireland in 2014.
I am excited by Ryanair’s growth prospects, as we take delivery of another 175 aircraft from our partners Boeing. We look forward to welcoming these 200 young people to Ryanair’s new Dublin office campus, where they will join a team which continues to show that Ireland leads the world airline industry and will continue to do so for years to come.