Saturday 15 June 2019

Dublin Airport announces direct flights to Riga as it passes 30m passenger mark

The airport has flights to almost 190 destinations, with several new services to take off next year

The entrance to the Christmas Market in Riga's Old Town.
The entrance to the Christmas Market in Riga's Old Town.
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Dublin Airport is rounding off its busiest ever year with the announcement of a new, direct service to Riga, the Lativian capital.

The new airBaltic service takes off on March 31, operating four times weekly on an A220-300, and is now available to book online.

The news comes shortly after Dublin Airport confirmed it had surpassed 30 million passengers for the first time in its 78-year history.

Passenger numbers are up 6pc in 2018, underpinning what Tourism Ireland has said will be a record year for visitor numbers to the island of Ireland.

Dublin is also facing into its busiest ever Christmas period with 1.1 million passengers expected through the airport in the coming days.

The airport is investing heavily in anticipation of further growth - with consultations held on a capital investment programme that would see a €900 million capacity expansion plan to help facilitate up to 40 million passengers a year.

The contract for its €320m North Runway was awarded in October and mobilisation works for the project are currently underway.

Dublin Airport currently has flights to almost 190 destinations, with new services to Dallas Fort Worth and Minneapolis/St Paul among those coming in 2019.

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