Sunday 18 February 2018

Dublin Airport adds 21 new routes for bumper summer schedule

Two million extra seats

Emma Marshall and Shane O’Sullivan launching the Summer schedule at Dublin Airport.
Emma Marshall and Shane O’Sullivan launching the Summer schedule at Dublin Airport.
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Dublin Airport is facing its busiest summer since 2008, with 21 new routes promising to deliver almost two million extra seats in the coming months.

The figure represents an 11pc increase in capacity over last summer.

In total, the airport is hosting 21 new routes/services this summer, including 16 short-haul routes to continental Europe and five new long-haul routes to Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, Addis Ababa and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The boost should see Dublin Airport's busiest summer since passenger numbers reached their peak in 2008, according to its Managing Director, Vincent Harrison.

“Significant increases in seat capacity and frequency on 25 existing routes will give our customers greater flexibility and more options whether they are travelling for business or leisure purposes during this summer season,” he said.

New short-haul routes include Ryanair's services to Copenhagen and Lublin, Aer Lingus's direct flights to Agadir and Nantes, Wow Air's flights to Reykjavik, a new SAS route to Gothenburg, Finnair flights to Helsinki and SWISS's year-round connection to Geneva.

As of march 31, Turkish Airlines is also flying double-daily to Istanbul.

Dublin Airport, celebrating its 75 birthday this year, welcomed 21.7 million passengers in 2014.

That figure looks set to rise in 2015, with the airport offering167 scheduled destinations including 300,000 extra seats to and from North America.

In peak periods, that equates to 47 transatlantic flights a day.

Dublin will welcome another four new services to the US and Canada in the coming weeks, as Aer Lingus re-establishes connections to Washington DC, Ethiopian Airlines commences services to Los Angeles, United starts a new service to Chicago and Europe Airpost begins a new route to Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Aer Lingus is also adding a third daily Dublin-JFK service this summer.

With Easter passenger numbers up 10pc, and every month this year posting growth over corresponding months in 2014, the airport looks set for a bumper year.

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