Ryanair has returned to an uneasy relationship with the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA), taking a swipe at DAA charges as it launches its winter 2017 schedule.
The airline said it would deliver 14.4m customers to and from Ireland this year, down 3pc from the 14.8m carried in 2016. It said it is passing on “lower fuel costs, and an even better customer experience”. Ryanair said it continues to “grow strongly except in its home market, where DAA costs are rising, while othe EU airports are cutting prices”.
The winter schedule will have 97 routes (130 for summer), and the airline said customers can book as far as March 2018.
- 2 new winter routes to Tours (2 wkly) & Valencia (2 wkly)
- 68 routes in total
- 12m customers a year (down 3pc from 12.4m)
Ryanair’s chief marketing officer, Kenny Jacobs, said: “We are pleased to launch our Irish winter 2017 schedule, which includes two new Dublin winter routes to Tours and Valencia and 97 routes in total, which will deliver 14.4m customers through Irish airports this year. Irish customers and visitors are booking our summer 2017 seats in record numbers as fares continue to fall.”
The airline is releasing seats for sale across its European network from €9.99, which are available for booking until midnight Monday on January 30..
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