Ryanair reveals expansion with new route from Dublin to Amsterdam: But will the budget carrier return to Belfast?
Ryanair has unveiled a significant expansion of its services from Dublin Airport.
It will increase weekly flight numbers by 15% at the airport from next summer, with extra flights on services to destinations such as Berlin, Brussels, London Gatwick, Madrid, Malaga, Manchester and Venice.
The airline will also launch a much anticipated route between the capital and Amsterdam from October 27 and will add extra flights on 14 routes next summer from Dublin.
It will operate a total of 83 routes from the capital next summer. It expects to carry 11.75 million passengers in and out of Dublin next year, which is 1.1 million more than it will in 2015. The airline will have 26 aircraft based at Dublin next summer.
Ryanair has just delivered two record months of passenger traffic, with over 10m flyers carried during both July and August.
But there was no mention of a return to Belfast - something which could soon be on the cards.
Ryanair could be set for a grand return to the city as it bids on sought-after slots freed up amid the Aer Lingus sell-off.
Its chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs told the Belfast Telegraph last month it was in "discussions with both airports with a view to operating flights to/from Belfast in the future".
The expansion at Dublin comes as IAG completed its €1.36bn takeover of Aer Lingus. IAG boss Willie Walsh is set to detail his plans for the Ireland-based carrier in November.
Transort Minister Paschal Donohoe attended the Ryanair event in Dublin this morning.
Ryanair chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs said the airline will be introducing life-saving defibrillators on all its aircraft within weeks.
The airline also unveiled its new uniform.