Dublin Ryanair announcement is third major boost from suspension of Travel Tax – Varadkar

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Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar has welcomed today’s announcement by Ryanair of nine new routes into Dublin Airport in response to the initiative introduced in Budget 2014 to suspend the Travel Tax from April next year.

“I am delighted that Ryanair has responded in such a positive way to the Government’s decision to remove the Air Travel Tax from April,” Minister Varadkar said.

The additional routes and capacity for Dublin Airport are expected to deliver up to 700,000 additional passengers per year, many of whom will be tourists availing of lower fares and new connections.

Ireland has benefited from a significant increase in international visitors this year with the CSO recording an increase of 6.4%, and Dublin Airport showing a 5.2% rise in passenger traffic, significantly outstripping growth in the wider economy. With this decision, Ryanair can share in this growth and help to build on it further in 2014.

“This announcement, along with other recent announcements by Ryanair of additional routes and capacity at Shannon and Knock, is a major boost for tourism and businesses in the regions concerned. My Department will now work together with Tourism Ireland and Ryanair to promote the additional services,” Minister Varadkar added.

New routes will be opened into Dublin from the following destinations:

• Almeria (Spain)
• Bari (Italy)
• Basel (Switzerland)
• Bucharest (Romania)
• Chania (Crete)
• Comiso (Sicily)
• Marrakesh (Morocco)
• Prague (Czech Republic)
• Lisbon (Portugal)