Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said “the era of low-cost flights is not ending amid climate change concerns”.
The airline’s CEO said Ireland needs cheap seats for a number of reasons – and told how the airline is buying new planes that use 16 per cent less fuel.
He told RTE Business: “With all the talk of air travel taxation and ending air travel, Irish tourism, industry and agriculture need low-cost air travel to and from the European Union.
“The era of cheap flights is not coming to an end.
“Everything indicates that people will continue to travel – especially with Ryanair as it is cheap and affordable.”
But he said the airline industry needs to become “more sustainable”.
O’Leary added: “I don’t think you can change your attitude towards aviation when you live on an island like Ireland, it’s not like we live in Holland or Belgium – we don’t have alternatives and we have to to fly.
“We live on an island and have the right to travel.
“The whole purpose of the European Union is to allow free travel, but we need to move to make it more sustainable and less polluting.
“Our tourism depends on people flying in here, but as an industry we need to be more sustainable.”
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O’Leary said passenger numbers had “increased sharply” in recent months after Covid-19 restrictions were lifted.
He added: “People have been locked down for two years and there is a great hunger to travel for both business and pleasure.
“We have seen a large increase in family trips to the beaches of Europe over the two weeks of the Easter holidays.”
He also again called for the army to be brought to Dublin Airport to help with the massive queues.
He continued: “The army has the most expertise in security, it’s the best in Europe and I think the European Union would accept that and solve the problem.”
‘EXTREMELY BUSY TIME’
Passengers at Dublin Airport have been asked to queue outside the terminal buildings as a large number of people arrived early to catch their flights this morning.
The airport had warned that it could take people three and a half hours to get there make it through baggage and securityplus an additional 30 minutes if you park a car.
In the early hours of the morning, huge queues formed, in which passengers streamed into the buildings in an “orderly” manner.
A spokesman wrote on Twitter at 4.55am: “We are currently filtering passengers into the terminal buildings in an orderly manner to join the moving check-in and security queues and we thank passengers for their cooperation and patience during this extremely busy time of the year.” In the morning before the first wave of departures.”
They added: “DAA thanks passengers for taking their advice to arrive up to three and a half hours before their departure time.
“If you follow this advice without having to arrive earlier, passengers will get through security as quickly as possible.”
The average wait before 6 a.m. was an hour, they said.
RTE’s football correspondent Tony O’Donoghue was among those queuing this morning.
Upon arrival, he tweeted, “My God, it’s four in the morning.”
But he later added: “Done in just over an hour. Thanks to the staff who were very patient. Now a queue for breakfast.”
Meanwhile, Irish holidaymakers more travel options after Britanny Ferries announced two new sailings in this week.
A twice a week cork The route to Roscoff in France is scheduled to begin this summer.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “As we resume international tourism to Ireland this year, the announcement that Brittany Ferries’ MV Armorique will be operating between Roscoff and Cork this summer is very good news and a real one A vote of confidence in Irish tourism.”
And a new tourism-oriented ship Galicia will also sail from Rosslare to Bilbao in Spain from November this year.
The Galicia, which can accommodate up to 1,015 passengers, is closer to cruise ferries like the company’s flagship Pont Aven, with far better facilities for leisure travelers.
Jean-Marc Roué, President of Brittany Ferries, said: “There is no doubt that the Rosslare – Bilbao route has been a success and we are pleased with the way Irish hauliers have taken it up.
“The Galicia will continue to offer a strong cargo offering. However, our research has shown that there is demand from Irish people wanting to holiday in Spain and the Galicia will certainly offer them a far more enjoyable experience.
“The task now is to work with tourism organizations in Ireland and Spain to ensure holidaymakers fill our ships and enrich destinations in both markets.”
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