Ryanair is to create 200 new IT jobs in Ireland as it opened new offices in Dublin.
The vacancies will be primarily for technology, software development and digital marketing specialists as the carrier develops its Ryanair.com digital platform and new mobile app which is due to be unveiled in June.
The new jobs are in addition to 500 new positions for pilots, cabin crew and engineers as the airline opens new bases in Lisbon, Athens, Brussels, Rome and significantly expands its route network from Dublin and London Stansted airports.
Ryanair chairman David Bonderman said: “These are exciting times as we return to strong traffic growth to and from Ireland as a direct result of the Irish government’s foresighted decision to scrap the travel tax from April 1.
“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, which will enable Ireland’s airline and 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.”
He added: “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.”
Irish prime minister Enda Kenny, opening the new offices, said: “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.”