United Airlines to launch second daily Dublin to New York service
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 flight will depart Dublin flying to United hub Newark Liberty International Airport daily between June 6 and August 19, the busy summer period. A return flight will also be introduced.
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.
It will heavily promote the "Croke Park Classic" American football game -- which will see the University of Central Florida face off against Penn State at Croke Park -- to US tourists.
A number of new flights being rolled out this year, including Aer Lingus routes connecting Toronto and San Francisco with Dublin, should bump up seat space by 25pc between the two countries.
There will be about 200,000 extra seats on North American routes this summer compared to 2013, a 17pc increase.
American Airlines has also added a new daily service to New York starting in June, flying to JFK.
"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.