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Passengers arriving in Knock aboard a Flyglobespan flight

Passengers arriving in Knock aboard a Flyglobespan flight

Passengers arriving in Knock aboard a Flyglobespan flight

Low-Fares airline Flyglobespan has become Dublin Airport's newest customer after announcing plans to start flights to Calgary and Vancouver from May.

The new long-haul flights are an unexpected boost for the airport, which has suspended its long-haul route incentive scheme indefinitely.

The suspension of that scheme makes Dublin less attractive to most international airlines, but the launch of the Flyglobespan flights was unaffected because their flights only run twice-weekly and flights must run at least three times a week to be included in Dubin's now defunct scheme.

"This is another valuable transatlantic link from Dublin Airport to North America and I am confident this new service will further strengthen business and tourism links between Ireland and Canada," said Dublin Airport director Richard Hillard.

The move marks Flyglobespan's second foray into the Republic of Ireland, after the airline started flights from Ireland West Airport (formerly known as Knock) earlier this year. The airline claims to be one of the world's only low-cost long-haul carriers, and is offering its Dublin/Canada flights from €356 one way, including taxes.

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