Thursday 22 March 2018

American Airlines resumes three US routes as transatlantic travel soars

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Chicago Skyline, with US flag.
Chicago Skyline, with US flag.
American Airlines 757 With New Livery
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

American Airlines is to resume its seasonal services from Dublin to Chicago and Charlotte, it has announced.

The world's largest airline will resume the routes from May 6, as well as re-commencing its flights from Shannon to Philadelphia from the same date.

American will use Airbus A330-200 aircraft on the Charlotte and Chicago routes, it said, with a Boeing 757 flying between Shannon and Philadelphia.

All three routes will run through to late September.

The continuation of the seasonal flights is the latest boost to connectivity at Dublin Airport, which is increasingly positioning itself as a European hub for transatlantic travel.

Transatlantic travel was up 17pc at the airport last year, with a record 2.5 million passengers travelling to/from North American destinations.

“This summer, Dublin will have over 290 flights per week to/from nine destinations in the US with five airlines,” said its MD, Vincent Harrison.

One in ten transatlantic visitors to Europe now pass through Ireland, according to Tourism Ireland. North American visitor numbers are up 13pc in the latest CSO figures, which tallied overseas visits from December to February 2016.

Aer Lingus is set to launch new direct flights to LA, Newark and Connecticut this summer, while Delta - which restarted its Dublin to Atlanta route on March 28 - is offering an extra 2,600 seats per week, as compared to 2015.

Last month, United Airlines announced that its second Dublin-Newark service would operate year-round from May 26. It was previously a seasonal service.

American also operates year-round flights from Dublin to Philadelphia, as well as a seasonal service from Dublin to New York (to late October).

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