UNITED Airlines is to introduce a second daily nonstop service between Dublin and New York this summer, bumping up capacity between Ireland and North America.
The Government has targeted increased capacity on routes to North America as one of its key tourism targets for 2014.
All-island public agency Tourism Ireland's 2014 -- 2016 marketing plan places heavy emphasis on attracting North American visitors, a market it said provided higher-than-average returns.
There will be about 200,000 extra seats on North American routes this summer compared to 2013, a 17pc increase.
"New York is the most popular US destination for Irish travellers," said United's managing director for sales in Ireland.
The airline said Newark was the most convenient airline for travelling to Wall Street and Times Square and the only New York-area airport served directly by regional and national rail lines.
Newark is also a major hub for catching connecting flights on to other destinations.
United alone operates flights to about 300 other destinations from the airport.