O'Leary to unveil Ryanair Dublin Airport expansion
TAOISEACH Enda Kenny and Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary will this morning unveil details of a significant expansion by the airline of its operations at Dublin Airport.
Ryanair is expected to confirm plans to boost the number of passengers it carries through the capital by over 500,000 a year.
The new services being launched by Ryanair come after Finance Minister Michael Noonan announced in last month's Budget that he was scrapping the controversial air travel tax from next April.
Ryanair immediately pledged to carry at least a million extra passengers a year through Irish airports.
The airline has already announced an extra 300,000 seats at year at Shannon Airport.
It will launch eight new routes at the airport from next year to destinations such as Berlin, Paris, Nice and Faro.
That will nearly double its capacity at the airport to 750,000 seats a year.
The head of the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA), Kevin Toland, will also be at this morning's event at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin
The Ryanair deal with Dublin Airport comes despite the fact that the two companies have been at loggerheads for years.
Ryanair is the second-biggest airline operating at Dublin Airport, while Aer Lingus is the largest.
Ryanair had been involved in separate talks with the DAA earlier this year about a planned increase in its capacity at Dublin. However, it opted at the time to deploy extra services at its biggest base, London's Stansted Airport.
The increase in passenger numbers at Dublin will be welcomed by the tourism industry, which has already enjoyed a resurgence in business this year following the success of the 'Gathering'.