Ryanair claims it delivered 70 per cent of all traffic growth at Cork, Dublin, Knock and Shannon airports this year.
The budget airline released its 2015 Irish traffic numbers, a year which saw it continuing its roll out of new routes and more frequencies on existing routes.
Travel news website traveldailynews.com reports that latest figures showed that traffic growth at Irish airports in 2015 rose by 3.3 million to 29.8 million, with Ryanair delivering 13.1 million customers through Irish airports (44% of total), with the airline delivering 2.2 million (70%) of this 3.3 million traffic increase.
Ryanair has predicted over 14 million customers will travel through Irish airports in 2016, on new routes including Dublin to Amsterdam, Athens and Copenhagen.
"Before the various tourism bodies claim undue credit for a record year for Irish tourism, Ryanair is pleased to release its 2015 Irish traffic numbers, which show that Ryanair on its own delivered 70% of the growth at the main Irish airports this year, thanks to the Government’s decision to scrap the air travel tax," said Ryanair’s head of communications, Robin Kiely.