Ryanair announces seven new winter services from Dublin
2016 winter schedule unveiled
Ryanair has launched its 2016 winter schedule for Dublin Airport, including two new routes to Hamburg and Sofia.
The new schedule will also include five new winter services to Athens, Bologna, Murcia, Porto and Seville, the airline said.
Increased capacity on routes to Bucharest (five weekly) and London Gatwick (eight daily) have also been announced, with Ryanair's combined services catering for an extra 1.2 million customers over 68 winter routes this year.
The winter schedule starts from October 30, 2016.
The Hamburg service will be five-times weekly, with three weekly flights between Dublin and Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, the airline said.
In total, Ryanair will operate 670 weekly flights to and from Dublin Airport this winter, serving some 12.3 million customers throughout 2016.
"Last year, Ryanair single-handedly delivered 70pc of the growth at Dublin Airport, following the Government’s decision to scrap the air travel tax," said Kenny Jacobs, its Chief Marketing Officer.
"We look forward to continuing to grow tourism, routes and jobs."
“We are particularly pleased that new destination Sofia will be added to the growing number of destinations from Dublin Airport, and that a number of summer services will be extended to the winter schedule,” said Vincent Harrison, MD of Dublin Airport.
Ryanair expects to carry 105 million customers in 2016, having last year become the first airline to carry over 100 million international passengers.
It is currently recruiting cabin crew in Dublin.
The increase of its winter services to Gatwick comes as Dublin Airport announced that Dublin-London is now the second-busiest international air route after Hong Kong-Taipei. Almost 4.5 million passengers flew between the cities last year.
Meanwhile, CityJet has announced two new routes in France - connecting Bastia in Corsica with Avignon and Beziers.