Dublin Airport DUB+ Record Bank Holiday Weekend

Record Bank Holiday Weekend At Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport DUB+ Record Bank Holiday Weekend

Almost 422,000 passengers travelled through Dublin Airport during the August Bank Holiday weekend from Friday, 3rd August to Monday, 6th August. Passenger figures are up 4% compared to the same weekend last year.

Dublin Airport Communications Manager, Siobhán O’Donnell said that this last bank holiday of the summer season was the busiest of the year with over 2,780 flights arriving and departing over the weekend.

Siobhán O’Donnell said that “the addition of 14 new routes and services to our network this year, coupled with extra frequencies on 39 existing services has contributed to the increase in passenger numbers”.

Dublin Airport has welcomed over 855,000 extra passengers during the first half of 2018, with passenger numbers up 6% to just over 14.7 million in the six months to the end of June.

8th August 2018


Dublin Airport DUB+ Little Museum

Dublin Airport Partners With The Little Museum Of Dublin

Dublin Airport DUB+ Little Museum
Dublin Airport has partnered with The Little Museum of Dublin to create the ‘Wings of Ireland: A People’s History of Irish Aviation’ exhibition.

The exhibition, which opened to the public recently, pays tribute to Ireland’s pioneering aviators.

Visitors to the exhibition can follow the flight of Irish aviation from the earliest aviators to the world-class industry we experience today.

“We’re delighted to partner with The Little Museum and its Wings of Ireland: A People’s History of Irish Aviation Exhibition which is a perfect fit for us” said Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison.

He added “Ireland has a rich heritage in aviation and as a small country we punch well above our weight in this sector as one in every five passenger aircraft in the world is leased from Ireland.”

He continued saying: “As an island nation aviation is critical in connecting us globally and in stimulating our economy. It has made us a nation of travellers and adventurers with five times the population of the island of Ireland expected to travel through Dublin Airport this year. This wonderful exhibition takes visitors on a journey of aviation throughout the ages in Ireland with lots of captivating memorabilia and artefacts while paying tribute to Ireland’s pioneering aviators. A must see for aviation enthusiasts”.

Celebrating 100 years of Aviation in Ireland, the exhibit features a wide range of aviation paraphernalia, some of which were donated by Dublin Airport.

“The public reaction to this exhibition has exceeded our expectations. The history of aviation is filled with Irish people” said Museum’s deputy director, Sarah Costigan.

She added “These record-breaking, death-defying, endlessly inventive men and women took to the skies – and made history. We are very proud to tell their stories here in the Little Museum”.

The Little Museum is situated in a beautiful Georgian townhouse right in the heart of Dublin’s city centre. The exhibition will run until November, 2018. For more information about the exhibition click here.

Image above: Jessy Faulkner and Suzanna Decan celebrate the opening of the Wings of Ireland: A People’s History of Irish Aviation exhibition at The Little Museum

7th August 2018


Dublin Airport DUB+ New Transfer Passenger Facility

New Terminal 2 Transfer Facility Welcomes First Passengers

Dublin Airport’s new transatlantic passenger transfer facility welcomed its first customers yesterday in a successful trial run.

Almost 1,400 passengers arriving on UK flights transferred directly to US-bound services in the newly-built connection facility in Terminal 2.
Dublin Airport Head of Transfer, Ronan Fitzsimons, described the new transfer facility as “a massive step forward in our ongoing strategy of enabling passengers to connect from Europe and the UK to North America”.

The first passengers to use the new streamlined transfer service arrived on early morning flights from Birmingham and Manchester.
Passengers transferring to and from transatlantic flights are now routed from the Terminal 2 arrivals corridor, through a new check-in area, and down one floor to Terminal 2 departures and US Pre-Clearance.

The new two-storey facility, which has been some two years in the planning, is situated on the east side of Terminal 2 with direct corridor access at both levels.
Transferring passengers are checked through in the normal manner before then passing through a new passport control facility on the lower level.

Ronan Fitzsimons said that, following further trials this week, the new facility will be in full operation very shortly.

He thanked the Transfer and Operations teams, along with AMD and the Planning and Regulation department for their “fantastic support and contribution” in making the new facility a reality.

1st August 2018


Dublin Airport DUB+ World Routes Award Nomination

Dublin Airport Shortlisted for Major Global Marketing Award

Dublin Airport DUB+ World Routes Award Nomination

Dublin Airport has been shortlisted for a World Routes Marketing Award, which are widely regarded as the most valuable awards in the industry.

This is the fifth year in a row that Dublin Airport has been shortlisted for this prestigious global award and has won it twice in the last five years, most recently in 2016.

The World Routes Marketing Awards recognise new air route successes from across the globe, awarding airports that have provided exceptionDUB+ Dublin Airport Shortlist logoal marketing support during the launch of new routes or the strengthening of existing services.

The awards, divided into four categories based on airport size give the airline community the opportunity to vote for the airport they believe has provided them with the best overall marketing services.

Dublin Airport is shortlisted in the 20-50 million passenger category alongside Athens International Airport, Brussels Airport, Copenhagen Airport and Oslo Airport.

The awards ceremony will take place on Monday, 17 September during the World Routes conference in Guangzhou, with the winners decided by a judging panel of industry experts and senior airline figures.

We would like to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to all our airline partners who took the time to nominate us for this prestigious award.

Pictured above; The Dublin Airport team at the World Routes event last year in Barcelona; Vincent Harrison, Stephen O’ Reilly, Louise Bannon, Edel Redmond, Michelle Reilly, Jon Wolfe and Brian Gallagher.

31st July 2018


Dublin Airport DUB+Norweigian Transatlantic Expansion

Dublin Airport Welcomes Norwegian’s Transatlantic Expansion

Dublin Airport DUB+Norweigian Transatlantic Expansion

Dublin Airport welcomes today’s announcement by Norwegian that it is to increase capacity on its Dublin to Providence Boston service by 40%.

The airline will offer a year-round daily service between Dublin and Providence Boston, up from five per week currently, next summer.

Welcoming the additional frequency, Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said: “We are delighted to see Norwegian’s route network go from strength to strength at Dublin Airport. The increase in capacity on its Providence Boston service is testament to the popularity of the route and will provide greater choice and flexibility for both business and leisure customers.”

Thomas Ramdahl, Chief Commercial Officer at Norwegian said: “We are excited to increase our transatlantic flights next summer to meet demand and continue expanding our presence in Ireland. The market presents a clear opportunity to deliver more high-quality flights at lower fares for consumers on both sides of the Atlantic.”

He added: “Norwegian’s expansion continues in summer 2019 with the launch of our first route to Canada, bolstering popular routes and maintaining much-needed direct transatlantic services to maximise choice and flexibility for Irish business and leisure customers.”

The increase in capacity on Norwegian’s Providence Boston route is welcome on top of its recent announcement that it will offer a new direct year-round daily service to Hamilton (Ontario) Toronto from March next year and the doubling of services on its Dublin to New York route earlier year after just a year of operation.

Next summer Norwegian will have 28 transatlantic departures per week from Dublin Airport.

Passengers travelling on Norwegian’s transatlantic services can use US Preclearance facilities at Dublin, meaning passengers save time on arrival in the US by completing all the necessary immigration and customs checks prior to departure.  The only queue a precleared passenger encounters on arrival in the US is the taxi queue to their final destination.

So far this year, more than 14.7 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport, a 6% increase compared to the first six months of last year.

20th July 2018


Dublin Airport DUB+Lufthansa to add fifth daily Frankfurt service

Lufthansa To Add Fifth Daily Dublin-Frankfurt Service

Dublin Airport DUB+Lufthansa to add fifth daily Frankfurt service

German carrier Lufthansa has announced that it is to add a fifth daily service on its Dublin to Frankfurt route. This is the airline’s seventh expansion of services since 2014.

The additional daily flight means that Lufthansa’s service between Dublin and Frankfurt will increase from 28 to 34 flights per week representing an increase in capacity of more than 20% when the winter schedule begins on the 28th October.

Welcoming the announcement, Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said: “Lufthansa is one of our longest-serving customers and I am delighted to see its route network go from strength to strength at Dublin Airport. The extra daily flight represents over 20% increase in capacity between the two cities this winter which is testament to the popularity of Frankfurt and the onward connections Lufthansa offers. This increase in services will provide further flexibility and choice for both business and leisure customers.”

Announcing the additional frequency Senior Director of Sales UK, Ireland & Iceland for the Lufthansa Group, Andreas Koester said “Dublin continues to be a key destination within the Lufthansa network. Since adding the fourth frequency on this route in June last year, demand has continued to grow so we have responded by again increase capacity.”

He further added: “This additional daily service further increases the number of business and leisure opportunities to Irish passengers. Not only does it improve access to one of Europe’s financial capitals, but it also introduces new options for onward travel to hundreds of worldwide destinations, for example to Johannesburg, Buenos Aires, Rio De Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Hong Kong and Bangkok. Our passengers continue to appreciate our high-quality product and on-board service.”

The new flight will operate six days a week, except Saturdays and will be served by an Airbus A320 aircraft.

The Lufthansa Group is the third largest carrier group at Dublin Airport and currently has up to 68 weekly departures from Dublin Airport to Cologne, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Munich and Zurich.

Lufthansa has been operating at Dublin Airport since 1972 and has carried almost 6.3 million passengers on its services since then.

Lufthansa Group serves Ireland with its brands Lufthansa, SWISS and Eurowings and is the biggest foreign airline group in Ireland.

19th July 2018


Dublin Airport DUB+ Busiest Summer Ever in Irish Airspace

Irish airspace set for its busiest ever summer

Dublin Airport DUB+ Busiest Summer Ever in Irish Airspace

According to the Irish Aviation Authority, Irish airspace is set for its busiest ever summer after a record-breaking number of flights during the month of June.
112,005 flight movements were handled by the IAA during the month which is a 4.1% increase on June 2017.

Total commercial terminal traffic for the three State airports, Dublin, Cork and Shannon was up 4.7%.

Dublin Airport had an average of 703 daily commercial movements, representing a 4.9% increase on last year. Cork recorded an average of 70 daily commercial movements, a rise of 2.1% and Shannon also had an average of 70 daily commercial movements, which was up 6.2%.

Peter Kearney Chief Executive of the IAA said “these are positive and notable figures for the month of June. Aviation continues to open Ireland up to the world and management of air traffic growth is a key driver for our economy. The IAA continues to invest in its state-of-the-art air traffic management system and in the development of our staff, to deliver a world-class service to our airline customers.”

The IAA said it continues to handle all of these flights safely without Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) delay, delivering a high-quality service that meets the needs of its airline customers.

The June figures also show a 6.1% increase in Ireland’s overflight traffic movements, while North Atlantic Communications flights were up 1%.
The IAA said analysis of the June data from EUROCONTROL also showed that six of Ireland’s top ten airport pairs, from a billing perspective, showed growth or neutral growth.

It said significant growth was recorded for Schiphol-Dublin (+16.8%), Dublin – Birmingham (+11.8%) and Stansted-Dublin (+4.7%).

14th July 2018


Dublin Airport DUB+ ACI Report May

Dublin Airport Tops European Airports Growth League

Dublin Airport DUB+ ACI Report May

Dublin Airport has regained its position as one of the highest growers among Europe’s major airports, according to the latest monthly data from ACI Europe.
May figures show that Dublin Airport, at 10.2%, was the fourth-highest growth airport in the top tier of European airports – behind only Antalya, Lisbon and Moscow Sheremetyevo.

Average passenger growth across Europe during May came in at 6.1%, a “slight deceleration” compared to Q1 growth of 7.6%.
According to the ACI, non-EU market continued to lead the growth dynamic, with passenger traffic up 8%, compared to 12.5% in Q1. Gains were especially strong at airports in Georgia (+27%), Iceland (+26.5%), Montenegro (+22.2%), Ukraine (+20.7%), Macedonia (+16.1%) Albania (+14.1%) and Israel (+12.5%), with more moderate growth in Russia (+8.6%) and Turkey (+7.5%).

The EU market saw passenger traffic increase by +5.5%, compared to 6.2% in Q1. Growth was limited by ATC and airline strikes, the lasting impact of the bankruptcies of Air Berlin and Monarch as well as weather disruptions. “As in previous months, airports in the eastern and southern parts of the bloc, along with Finland and Luxembourg, significantly outperformed this average.”

ACI said passenger traffic at the top five European airports) grew by 3%, on the back of “a rather contrasted performance”.
“While Frankfurt came on top, with an impressive +9.5% increase, Istanbul-Atatürk registered the lowest performance at -0.3%. Meanwhile, passenger traffic grew by +3.1% at London-Heathrow, +3% at Amsterdam-Schiphol and +2.1% at Paris-CDG.”

12th July 2018


Dublin Airport DUB+ Record June

Dublin Airport Sets New Passenger Record For June

Dublin Airport DUB+ Record June

Dublin Airport set yet another new passenger record in June, handling more than 3.1 million passengers which is a 7% increase over the same month last year.
The continued rise in passenger numbers made it the busiest June in the airport’s 78-year history.

The number of passengers travelling to and from continental Europe grew by 6% to almost 1.7 million. UK traffic increased by 3% to almost 873,000 passengers.
Transatlantic traffic increased by 16%, with almost 446,000 passengers travelling between Dublin and North America.

Other international traffic, including flights to the Middle East, North Africa and Asia Pacific region with new recently launched direct flights to Beijing and Hong Kong, grew by 28% with almost 92,000 passengers travelling.

The number of passengers on domestic flights grew by 45% to almost 12,000.

More than 14.7 million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport in the first six months of the year, representing a 6% increase on the same period in 2017. Total additional passengers for the period came to almost 855,000.

More than 752,000 passengers chose Dublin Airport as a gateway to connect onward to another destination between January and June, a 15% increase over the same period last year.

12th July 2018


Delta Celebrates 30 Years At Dublin Airport

Delta Air Lines is celebrating 30 years of flying between the US and Dublin Airport.

The airline started a direct service between Dublin and Atlanta in 1988 and is the airport’s longest serving US carrier. Since then Delta has carried almost five million customers on its route network from Dublin Airport.

Congratulating Delta on its significant milestone Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said “Dublin Airport welcomed over 4.8 million passengers in 1988 and this year passenger numbers are likely to surpass 30 million. Delta Air Lines is Dublin Airport’s longest serving North American carrier, it has played an important part in Dublin’s transatlantic growth over the past three decades and I want to thank the airline for its commitment to Dublin and Ireland.”

He further added “We have worked closely with our friends in Delta fostering strong relationships since it started its Dublin-Atlanta service and we were delighted to see the airline’s route network go from strength to strength with its year-round New York-JFK service and seasonal route to Boston.”

Mr Harrison continued by saying: “Delta has carried almost five million passengers – the equivalent of the population of Ireland – on its three routes from Dublin Airport during those 30 years. We will continue to work closely with Delta Air Lines to grow its passenger numbers further and wish the airline continued success with its route network from Dublin Airport.”

At the gate celebrations to mark its 30th anniversary of flight operations at Dublin Airport Nadia Clinton, Delta’s Country Manager for the UK and Ireland said “We’ve more than quadrupled our capacity from Dublin since our first flight 30 years ago, offering three daily flights this summer and nearly 5,000 seats each week from the capital. We’ve also invested heavily in our customer experience new menus, movies and messaging to ensure a more comfortable and enjoyable flight across the Pond.”

In June 1988, Delta flew to Dublin from Atlanta via Shannon five times a week using a Lockheed L-1011-500 TriStar aircraft. It now operates nonstop flights to three cities in the United States from Dublin to Atlanta, Boston and New York-JFK on its popular A330 as well as Boeing 767 and 757 aircraft.

Pictured from left to right: Edel Redmond, B2B Marketing, Dublin Airport; Graham Farhall, Regional Director Finance, Delta Air Lines; Siobhan Scanlon, Head of Sales Ireland, Delta Air Lines; and Brian Gallagher, Aviation Business Development Manager, Dublin Airport.

28th June 2018