Ryanair says it will further reduce the number of flights it operates in and out of Dublin Airport this winter.

Ryanair says it will have 14 planes based in Dublin this winter, compared with 18 a year earlier, while the number of flights will fall by 20% to 1,000. The airline had already said in June that it was cutting the number of planes at Dublin to 16 this winter.

Ryanair claimed Dublin Airport was one of Ryanair's most expensive airports - along with Stansted - and also blamed the cuts on the Government's €10 tax on airport departures.

It said it estimated that overall traffic at Dublin Airport this winter would drop by 250,000 from a year earlier.

Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary called the €10 tax 'insanely stupid', claiming it was devastating Irish tourism.

The Dublin Airport Authority has responded to Ryanair's announcement.

The DAA claims Ryanair's decision was based on the downturn in the economy and pointed out that six of the airline's top ten routes this year were from Dublin Airport.