Fine Gael Senator and European Affairs Seanad spokesperson Catherine Noone today welcomed the news that Ryanair are to increase the number of passengers to Ireland by one million over the next year as a result of the abolished travel tax. “One million extra seats to Irish airports being announced after the first day of this tax is fantastic news, and I am delighted to welcome it. I was glad to see that the Government have taken this pro-tourism, pro-business and pro-consumer move. This will allow us to work to sustain the progress in tourism over the last two years, where we have seen over 10% more tourists coming to Ireland”.
Senator Noone continued: “Ryanair claim that the elimination of this tax will lead to the creation of 1,000 jobs. One million extra passengers travelling to and from Ireland is a welcome and timely boost and is a vindication of the policy of abolishing the travel tax. We know that both Aer Lingus and Ryanair – two airlines prone to disagreeing sometimes – were completely united on this: the Fianna Fail-introduced travel tax had damaged air traffic demand. I am glad to see the back of it, and glad to welcome this move”.
Senator Noone added: “This is an important announcement for our airports, hotels and the tourism industry as a whole. Any increase in the numbers of people coming to Ireland has to be welcomed, and as Dublin Airport has increased its passenger numbers by 1m over the past 12 months already, I am hopeful and confident that they will continue to sustain this growth thanks to this enterprising move announced in yesterday’s budget and thanks to more announcements such as this one from Ryanair”.