Dublin Airport welcomes the announcement from American Airlines that it is to operate a new Dublin-Dallas Fort Worth summer service from next June.
The daily service will be Ireland’s first direct flight to Dallas, which is American’s largest hub for connecting traffic. It will improve connectivity from Ireland to Texas and also to a large number of onward destinations in the United States and Latin America.
Commenting on the launch announcement, Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said: “Dallas is an excellent addition to the existing route network from Dublin Airport and we’re delighted that American Airlines will be serving this market with a daily summer service from next year.”
He added: “This new route will further grow tourism and trade between Ireland and the US, and we look forward to working closely with American to promote the new service on both sides of the Atlantic.”
Vasu Raja, American Airlines Vice President, Network and Schedule Planning said: “Connecting Dublin with Dallas Fort Worth provides Irish travellers with direct access to the largest hub of American, the world’s largest airline.”
He continued: “This is the first time Ireland and Texas have been connected with a direct flight and the new service will meet the increased demand for travel between both markets. From Dallas, Irish travellers can connect onto top onward destinations including Hawaii, Las Vegas, Cancun, Los Angeles and New Orleans.”
The Dallas-Fort Worth area is the fourth largest metropolitan region in the United States, with a population of about 7.4 million. The region is also home to the headquarters of 22 Fortune 500 companies and a growing technology sector.
Dallas Fort Worth Airport welcomed 67 million passengers last year, making it the twelfth largest airport in the world. American operates more than 800 flights per day from Dallas to destinations across the United States, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada and South America.
The expansion in North American connectivity at Dublin Airport is underpinning significant growth in visitor numbers.
According to the most recent data from Tourism Ireland, visitor numbers from North America to the Republic of Ireland increased by 10.7% in the first six months of this year, while North American visitor spending was up by 28%.
22nd August 2018