Ryanair announces new flights from Dublin to Amsterdam
Ryanair will operate 742 weekly flights from Dublin Airport by summer 2016, the airline has announced.
Its expanded Dublin schedule begins as soon as October 27 with a new, four times daily flight to Amsterdam Schiphol.
The airline's summer 2016 schedule will see extra flights on 14 routes, including Alicante, Barcelona, Berlin, Birmingham, Brussels, Budapest and East Midlands.
Additional capacity will also be added from Dublin to Liverpool, London Gatwick, Madrid, Malaga, Manchester, Venice Treviso and Warsaw.
The growth will see the airline operate a total of 83 routes by summer of next year - adding an extra 1.1 million passengers.
Lower fuel costs and IAG's takeover of Aer Lingus has prompted talk of a price showdown this winter, with Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary forcasting the "mother and father" of air fare wars.
Currently, Aer Lingus operates the only direct flight from Dublin to Amsterdam.
“The growth at Dublin Airport by Ryanair is good news for customers, who now have greater choice; for job creation, which will grow as a result, and for Irish aviation, which is going from strength to strength," said Minister for Tourism, Transport and Sport, Paschal Donohoe.
Passenger numbers at Dublin Airport have risen 15pc so far this year.
Ryanair's latest announcements come as the airline continues to roll out Year 2 of its 'Always Getting Better' programme of customer service improvements.
Allocated seating, second carry-on bags, a new website and a Business Plus service are among the changes introduced since the programme launched in 2014.
New cabin interiors, a website upgrade and crew uniforms are on the way, and Ryanair car hire went live on its website this week.
The changes appear to be working. After clocking 10.4 million passengers this August, the airline is on course to carry over 100 million people this financial year.