Dublin Airport has launched a new scheme offering free tickets to travellers flying to Dublin and Cork from any major European city, from London to Paris.
The Dublin Airport Authority said the scheme will run for the next four years.
It is a response to a survey that found Dublin is one of the most popular destinations for international travellers, with 1.5 million people flying from Ireland every year.
“Dublin Airport is a place where international travellers want to come to experience the beauty of Ireland, which is why we have made this initiative a reality,” said Simon Walsh, Dublin Airport’s Director of Tourism.
“With this scheme, Dublin airport will offer free domestic and international travel to people travelling to Dublin or Cork from around the world and those travelling from London.”
The scheme, which started this week, is available for a fee of €39.95 per adult and €49.95 for a child aged 12 or under, for a total cost of €79.95.
The fares will be discounted by the €15 fee for passengers travelling from the US, Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
The scheme will operate from May 6 and runs until July 4.
Travellers who sign up will also get a special discount code, which can be used on all travel agencies including Avanti, Lufthansa, Easyjet, Cathay Pacific and Ryanair.
The travel agency will also help with the cost of accommodation.
Dublin Airport said it is already using the discount code on flights from the United States to London.
It said the programme is not an advertisement for Dublin Airport, which was one of four major hubs in Europe where it is still open for international flights this year.
The airline has already launched an international discount program in the US for flights from Chicago to Paris, which has already attracted 2.5m passengers.
The new scheme will also be available for domestic flights to Ireland, Wales and Scotland.
The Authority said Dublin Airport was also offering a free ticket to any member of the public who is travelling to the UK.
“Travel is the key to Dublin’s success and we want to make sure we’re offering a great deal of value for Dublin visitors,” said Walsh.
The authority said Dublin was the UK’s number one destination for international tourists, with over 5.5million international visitors, including 1.6 million British citizens.
Dublin’s international airport opened in the mid-1950s and now handles more than 10 million visitors a year.
It was one the first airports in the world to operate direct flights between the US and Europe, with direct flights to Germany, France and the Netherlands, and to Switzerland, Belgium, Italy and Austria.