Ryanair accuses daa of making Dublin Airport "uncompetitive"

The airline has announced increased Shannon and Cork activity as part of its Summer 2017 schedule...

Ryanair has launched its Irish Summer 17 schedule this morning, with increased flights and frequencies at Shannon and Cork confirmed and a small reduction in seats at Dublin.

The low fares airline, which has accounted for more than 70% of traffic growth at Dublin since 2014, is planning to switch 3% of seats away from the Irish capital to lower-cost airports elsewhere in Europe.

Blaming the DAA for the decision, Ryanair's Kenny Jacobs said:

"It’s a pity the DAA chose to discontinue its growth incentive into 2017, which means that Dublin Airport is becoming uncompetitive, and which incentivises Ryanair to switch growth to other lower cost airports in Europe.

"In the meantime, customers can look forward to even lower fares when they make advance bookings for summer 2017. As our recent results confirmed, Ryanair expects average fares in 2016 to fall by between 8% to 10%, and early indications are that these price reductions will continue into the first quarter of 2017 as well."

The DAA responded by saying that Ryanair's growth has been supported by "a range of incentive schemes, most notably the Growth Incentive Scheme, which remains in place."

"We are disappointed that Ryanair has decided to reduce some of its capacity from Dublin next year," said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison.

"We’d like to thank Ryanair for growing its business significantly at Dublin over the past three years and we look forward to continuing to work closely with them to support their route network from Dublin in the future," he continued.

As part of year three of its "Always Getting Better" campaign, Ryanair will roll-out additional sun frequencies for Palma (twice daily), Reus (twice daily) and Tenerife (daily) at Dublin.

Shannon is in for more flights to Lanzarote (twice weekly), with Cork getting more flights to Lanzarote (five per week) and Malaga (also five per week).

Overall, Ryanair is set to carry over 14 million Irish customers for the year.