Ryanair plans to fly its largest summer schedule from Dublin airport this year serving 120 destinations.
More than 900 flights a week will operate to destinations in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, France and Croatia.
A 33rd aircraft will be deployed at Irish hub this summer, creating 30 new jobs.
The increased connectivity with an additional 22 routes compared to pre-pandemic summer 2019 will also deliver “much needed” inbound tourism to Ireland, according to the carrier.
Ryanair called on the Irish government to extend a Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) traffic recovery support scheme into winter 2022-23 to help drive tourism after the summer peak.
The no-frills airline’s chief executive Eddie Wilson said: “This extensive programme will see Ryanair operate over 900 weekly flights to over 120 destinations, giving inbound tourism a much-needed boost while also giving Irish consumers the widest choice of great destinations this summer.
“After two years of stop\start ineffective travel restrictions, the DAA have finally been given the tools to incentivise travel with its traffic recovery support scheme.
“This scheme gives Ryanair the confidence to invest in our largest ever summer schedule and largest number of based aircraft at Dublin airport.
The DAA scheme will ensure airport charges are competitively priced verses other EU countries this summer.
“With many airlines cutting routes and jobs, it is important that Ireland’s airport charges remain competitive verses other EU countries and regions so that this investment can be maintained in this period of recovery and it is vital that this traffic recovery scheme is extended into winter ’22/23 to keep that investment and connectivity in Ireland.”
DAA chief executive Dalton Philips said: “Government funding announced in Budget 2022 has allowed DAA to offer additional attractive incentives to our airline partners to rebuild international connectivity from Dublin airport and this investment by Ryanair for the busy summer season ahead is testament to that.”