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Ryanair unveils big expansion from Dublin including flights to Amsterdam

Published 03/09/2015 | 10:44

Michael O'Leary, chief executive officer of Ryanair Holdings Plc, pauses following a Bloomberg Television interview in London, U.K., on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. The CEO said Ryanair has yet to be approached by British Airways parent IAG SA about buying its 30 percent holding in Aer Lingus Group Plc. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg
Michael O'Leary, chief executive officer of Ryanair Holdings Plc, pauses following a Bloomberg Television interview in London, U.K., on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. The CEO said Ryanair has yet to be approached by British Airways parent IAG SA about buying its 30 percent holding in Aer Lingus Group Plc. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

Ryanair has unveiled a significant expansion of its services from Dubin Airport.

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It will increase weekly flight numbers by 15pc at the airport from next summer, with extra flights on services to destinations such as Berlin, Brussels, London Gatwick, Madrid, Malaga, Manchester and Venice.

 The airline will also launch a much anticipated route between the capital and Amsterdam from October 27 and will add extra flights on 14 routes next summer from Dublin.

It will operate a total of 83 routes from the capital next summer. It expects to carry 11.75 million passengers in and out of Dublin next year, which is 1.1 million more than it will in 2015. The airline will have 26 aircraft based at Dublin next summer.

Ryanair has just delivered two record months of passenger traffic, with over 10m flyers carried during both July and August.

The expansion at Dublin comes as IAG completed its €1.36bn takeover of Aer Lingus. IAG boss Willie Walsh is set to detail his plans for the Ireland-based carrier in November.

Transort Minister Paschal Donohoe attended the Ryanair event in Dublin this morning.

Ryanair chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs said the airline will be introducing life-saving defibrillators on all its aircraft within weeks.

The airline also unveiled its new uniform yesterday.

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