Innovation
Ryanair to create up to 200 jobs mainly in technology
By Finfacts Team
Apr 3, 2014 - 1:15 PM

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Ryanair, the principal commercial success of the Celtic Tiger period, today  announced plans to create 200 new jobs here in Ireland, primarily for technology, software development and digital marketing specialists, as , Enda Kenny, taoiseach and Michael Noonan, finance minister, joined David Bonderman, Ryanair chairman, to officially open Ryanair’s new 100,000 sq.ft Dublin office campus in Airside Business Park, Swords.

It's likely many of these position will be contract jobs.

Ryanair confirmed that in the coming year (to March 2015) its traffic will grow from 81.5m to over 84m passengers, as it opens new bases in Lisbon, Athens, Brussels, Rome and significantly expands its route network from Dublin and London Stansted airports.  In addition to creating 500 new jobs for pilots, engineers and cabin crew in 2014, Ryanair will now create a further 200 jobs in its new Dublin offices, to develop its improved Ryanair.com digital platform (which will be released to the public later today) as well as its new mobile app at  end June.

Ryanair’s chairman David Bonderman said today:“I want to personally welcome An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny and Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan to Ryanair’s new Dublin office campus.  These are exciting times as we return to strong traffic growth to/from Ireland as a direct result of the Irish Government’s foresighted decision to scrap the travel tax from 1 April.  The repeal of this tax has directly led Ryanair to open 21 new routes to Ireland in 2014, as well as increasing frequencies on over 30 other routes, in an expansion that will add more than 1.1m passengers at Dublin, Shannon and Knock airports, and will create over 1,000 new jobs in Irish tourism in 2014. 

Ryanair sees the decision to scrap the travel tax as a welcome policy development by Mr Kenny’s government, which will enable Ireland’s airline/tourism industry to grow strongly, and it has certainly encouraged Ryanair to invest in, and help create, thousands of new jobs here in Ireland in 2014. I am excited by Ryanair’s growth prospects, as we take delivery of another 175 aircraft from our partners Boeing.  We look forward to welcoming these 200 new people to Ryanair’s new Dublin office campus, where they will join a team which continues to show that Ireland leads the world airline industry and will continue to do so for years to come.”

 Enda Kenny, taoiseach, said: "I am delighted to be here to open Ryanair's new office campus and welcome the creation of 200 new jobs.  This Government's top priority is to get Ireland working again.  From an early stage, we have targeted tourism as a key driver of economic recovery and I am pleased to say budgetary measures such as the 9% VAT rate and the more recent cutting of the travel tax to zero have been welcomed by the industry which has responded by delivering new jobs and routes. 

The Government will continue, through the Action Plan for Jobs, to build on the 61,000 jobs created last year.  I commend Ryanair for delivering on their promises and for their commitment to Ireland.  I wish them well as they continue to grow their business in a competitive global market."

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