RYANAIR SAYS IT will create 200 jobs at its new office campus which was opened in Dublin today by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
The airline say the jobs will be in the areas of technology, software and marketing and are in addition to the 500 jobs for pilots, engineers and cabin crew that they will create across Europe in 2014.
The 100,000 sq.ft campus in the Airside Business Park in Swords was officially opened today by Kenny and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan as Ryanair prepares to launch its newly redesigned website later today.
It is intended that the new office will be used to develop Ryanair’s digital platforms with the company’s new mobile app due to be released in June.
Although the new campus was officially launched today, potential employees have been given tours of the space over the past few months, with chief executive Michael O’Leary understood to have conducted the tour on at least one occasion.
Upon officially opening the new office today, An Taoiseach commended Ryanair for their commitment to Ireland, adding that their sector is being targeted by the Government as a growth area:
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 per cent 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.
Ryanair’s chairman David Bonderman says that the Government’s decision on the travel tax has “directly led Ryanair to open 21 new routes to Ireland in 2014″, which he says will add more that 1.1 million passengers at Irish airports.
“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 and tourism industry to grow strongly,” he said.
“It has certainly encouraged Ryanair to invest in, and help create, thousands of new jobs here in Ireland in 2014. ”
Bonderman added that Ryanair are soon to take delivery of another 175 aircraft.