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13 new flights to add two million seats for Dublin Airport this summer

Spread your wings

Published 28/04/2016 | 02:30

Airplane at sunset. Photo: Deposit
Airplane at sunset. Photo: Deposit
Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport is preparing for its busiest ever summer, with 13 new services coming on stream for the season.

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The wave of new routes - including seven short-haul and six long-haul destinations - will add two million extra seats, the airport says.

The full list of new services is as follows:

  • Athens (Ryanair), from March 18
  • Murcia (Aer Lingus), from March 27
  • Vigo (Ryanair), from April 3
  • Los Angeles (Aer Lingus), from May 4
  • Pisa (Aer Lingus), from May 18
  • Montpellier (Aer Lingus), from May 20
  • Cluj (Blue Air), from June 4
  • Vancouver (Air Canada Rouge), from June 10
  • Montego Bay (TUI/Falcon), from June 12
  • Cancun (TUI/Falcon), from June 13
  • Athens (Aegean Airlines), from June 20
  • Newark (Aer Lingus), from September 1
  • Hartford (Aer Lingus), from September 28

Aer Lingus's new transatlantic routes are year-round services, as are Ryanair's route to Athens and Blue Air's to Cluj in Romania. The eight remaining routes are seasonal or charter services operating for the summer period only.

Extra security and customer care staff have been recruited to help cope with increased seasonal demand, said Dublin Airport's MD, Vincent Harrison.

The airport clocked record numbers in 2015 with over 25 million passengers - up 15pc on the previous year. According to Airports Council Internatinoal (ACI), it is now one of the top five airports in Europe for passenger growth.

This month, the airport announced that it would proceed for plans for a second, €320 million runway set for completion by 2020.

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