Dublin Airport Authority signs twinning agreement with Beijing airport
THE Dublin Airport Authority has signed a twinning agreement with the world’s second largest airport, the Beijing Capital International Airport.
The agreement, which was signed today, will see the two airports engage in joint marketing activities to encourage more travel between the two cities.
The agreement will also examine the scope for co-operation between the DAA’s retail arm ARI, which currently has stores operating in 12 countries.
China is set to become with world’s largest outbound tourist market this year, with upwards of 90m Chinese citizens expected to travel abroad.
30,000 passengers per year fly between Dublin and Beijing, however there is currently no direct air link between the two cities.
DAA Chief Executive Kevin Toland said the authority was currently in discussions with several Chinese airlines about the possibility of establishing a link.
“DAA has been talking to a number of Chinese airlines for several years in relation to the potential for improved links between Dublin and Beijing, and we are convinced that a direct service will grow the overall market and stimulate greater business and tourism activity.
“China is a key emerging market for Irish tourism and we are working closely with stakeholders to help grow this important business with improved connections between Ireland and China.”
The Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore said: “China is a key market for foreign direct investment, for trade and for tourism, and the enhanced co-operation between DAA and Beijing Capital Airport will help to strengthen the links between our two economies.”