Ryanair unveils Dublin’s biggest summer schedule
Ryanair will base a 33rd aircraft at Dublin Airport (DUB) for the 2022 summer season and will operate over 900 weekly flights to 120 destinations – the largest DUB program ever undertaken by the Irish ULCC.
The carrier said it was investing an additional $100 million in its DUB base. Much of the summer routes from the Irish capital go to holiday destinations in Croatia, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain. Ryanair said it was operating 11 new routes from DUB this summer compared to 2021 and 22 more routes than its pre-pandemic DUB summer 2019.
The 11 destinations added this summer – which were not served by DUB in summer 2021 – are: Agadir (AGA), Morocco; Alghero (AHO), Italy; Cardiff (CWL), Wales; Kosice (KSC), Slovakia; Madeira (FNC), Portugal; Nimes (FNI), France; Nuremberg (NUE), Germany; Plovdiv (PDV), Bulgaria; Sibiu (SBZ) and Suceava (SCV) in Romania; and Zagreb (ZAG), Croatia.
Major European airports that will be served by Ryanair from DUB in the 2022 summer timetable include Amsterdam (AMS); Barcelona (BCN); Berlin (BER); Brussels (BRU); Brussels Charleroi (CRL); Madrid (MAD); Milan Bergamo (BGY); Milan Malpensa (MXP); Paris Beauvais (BVA); Prague (PRG); Vienna (VIE); and Warsaw (WAW).
Ryanair said DUB’s robust summer schedule is the “direct result” of the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) implementing its Traffic Recovery Support (TRSS) scheme.
“With many airlines reducing capacity and routes this summer, Ireland needs to reduce access costs as it competes with regions and airports in other EU countries for a reduced number of carriers. airlines in Europe, which will reduce the total number of short-haul seats in Europe by up to 15% this summer,” the airline said in a statement. “Ryanair is the only airline in Europe to add capacity in significant volume.”
Ryanair added: “The TRSS scheme should at a minimum be extended by the [Irish] Government in the 22/23 winter season to ensure that Irish inbound tourism, particularly after the summer, secures the capacity, connectivity and tourists that are vital to the growth of the Irish economy.
Ryanair CEO Eddie Wilson said: “We are delighted to announce our largest-ever flight schedule at Dublin Airport this summer…After two years of ineffective stopstart travel restrictions, the DAA finally received the tools to incentivize travel with its traffic recovery assistance. Programme… This program gives Ryanair the confidence to invest in our largest ever summer program and largest number of aircraft based at Dublin Airport. The DAA TRSS scheme will ensure airport charges are priced competitively with other EU countries this summer, and Ryanair has responded by launching its biggest ever investment in planes, connections and jobs at the airport. Dublin Airport.
Ryanair has lobbied airports to offer COVID recovery incentives, citing a lack of such support as the reason for its exit from Belfast’s two airports last year.
“The government funding announced in [the Irish government’s] Budget 2022 has enabled DAA to offer attractive additional 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,” added the CEO of DAA, Dalton Philips.