Dublin Airport DUB+ Norweigan

Dublin Airport Welcomes Norwegian’s New Route To Hamilton Toronto

Dublin Airport DUB+ Norweigan

Dublin Airport welcomes today’s announcement from Norwegian that it is to operate a new direct daily year-round service to Hamilton Ontario (Toronto) from March 2019.

The airline will operate its Dublin to Hamilton service with a new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

Welcoming the new route Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said “Hamilton will be Dublin Airport’s fifth destination in Canada, offering further choice to the growing Canada-Ireland and Ireland-Canada markets and the overall transatlantic market between Dublin and North America.”

Bjørn Kjos, Chief Executive Officer at Norwegian said: “Today marks a milestone in Norwegian’s transatlantic expansion from Ireland as we announce the first ever direct route between Dublin and Hamilton – Toronto, this is also our first ever service between Europe and Canada. We are committed to providing Irish passengers with greater choice and lower fares across our network as we continue to invest in the Irish market. We look forward to welcoming passengers on board our new service to Canada from March 2019.”

Norwegian’s daily flight to Hamilton will commence on 31st March 2019.

Hamilton is located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the Canadian province of Ontario and is ideally situated to allow passengers easy access to major cities and attractions in the vicinity.

Toronto is less than 50 minutes from the city, Buffalo, New York and Niagara Falls are both only one hour away. Lake Erie, the fourth largest of the Great Lakes in North America, is also a short one-hour drive from Hamilton and is renowned for its small fishing ports, beaches, fishing and diving facilities as well as vineyards situated along the coastline.

21 June 2018


Dublin Airport DUB+ 50th Consecutive Month of Growth

50th Consecutive Month Of Growth At Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport DUB+ 50th Consecutive Month of Growth

A record 2.9 million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport in May, a 10% increase over the same month last year and the 50th consecutive month of growth at the airport.

This sustained passenger growth over the past four years is the result of a combination of new airlines and route launches since 2014, according to Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison.

“Dublin Airport has welcomed an extra 10 million passengers, 80 new routes and services and 20 new airlines as well as extra capacity to existing services during those 50 consecutive months of growth.”

Mr. Vincent Harrison further added: “Fourteen new routes and services are being added to the airport’s route network this year including new direct routes to Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific and Beijing with Hainan Airlines.”

Passenger volumes to and from continental Europe rose by 12% in May, with more than 1.5 million passengers travelling to European destinations last month.
Almost 871,000 passengers travelled to and from UK destinations in May, which was an increase of 3% compared to last year.

Transatlantic traffic to and from North America increased by 19% with almost 383,000 passengers travelling on this route sector in May.

Other international traffic, principally to the Middle East and Africa, increased by 23% with over 69,000 passengers travelling on these routes during May.

Passenger numbers on domestic routes increased by 27% with more than 10,000 passengers travelling on domestic flights last month.

So far this year, almost 11.6 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport, a 6% increase compared to the first five months of last year.
Dublin Airport has welcomed an additional 639,000 passengers between January and May.

The number of passengers using Dublin Airport as a hub to connect to another destination has increased by 14% this year, with almost 567,000 passengers connecting through Dublin Airport in the first five months of this year.

19th June 2018


Dublin Airport DUB+ United Airlines 20th celebration

United Airlines Celebrates 20 Years At Dublin Airport 

Dublin Airport DUB+ United Airlines 20th celebration

United Airlines is celebrating 20 years of flying its nonstop service between Dublin and Newark.

The airline has carried over 2.7 million customers on more than 17,000 flights between Dublin and Newark since it launched services in June 1998.

Congratulating United Airlines on its significant milestone, Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said “United Airlines is an important customer and I want to acknowledge its commitment to Dublin Airport and its Newark route since it started in 1998.”

“We have worked closely with our friends at United fostering strong relationships and we were delighted to see its route network go from strength to strength with the addition of Washington and Chicago in recent years. United Airlines has carried a total of 3.5 million passengers on its three routes from Dublin Airport during those 20 years. We wish United Airlines continued success with its route network from Dublin Airport and we are committed to work closely with the airline to grow passenger numbers further.”

At a boarding gate event to mark its 20th anniversary of the airline flying from Dublin Airport, United Airlines’ Managing Director of Sales for UK & Ireland Bob Schumacher, said “We are extremely proud to mark two decades of our nonstop service from Dublin to New York/Newark and thank our valued customers and the travel trade community across Ireland for choosing United.”

He added “Since 1998, our service has allowed our Irish customers to take advantage of our extensive route network from our New York/Newark hub that today offers almost 80 nonstop connections across the US, Canada, Central America and Mexico.”

In addition to the daily, year-round service from Dublin to New York/Newark, United today offers its customers from Ireland nonstop flights on a seasonal basis from Dublin to Washington/Dulles and Chicago. All flights are conveniently timed to connect at United’s US hubs with an extensive network of services to destinations throughout the Americas.

Passengers travelling on United Airlines flights to the US can avail of US pre-clearance 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 pre cleared passenger encounters on arrival in the US is the taxi queue to their final destination.

Pictured above: Celebrating 20 years of its nonstop service between Dublin and New York/Newark with United flight UA22 crew is Dublin Airport SVP Aviation Business Development Jon Woolf, United Country Sales Manager Ireland Martina Coogan and United Managing Director UK and Ireland, Bob Schumacher.

18th June 2018


Dublin Airport DUB+ Ryanair Southend

Ryanair Announces A New Dublin-London Southend Service

Dublin Airport DUB+ Ryanair Southend

Dublin Airport welcomes Ryanair’s announcement that it plans to operate a new Dublin to London Southend service.

Ryanair’s new route will operate twice daily from April 2019.

“We are delighted to welcome Ryanair’s new service to London Southend” said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison.

“Dublin-London is the busiest route in Europe and this new route will provide business and leisure passengers with more choice and flexibility when flying to London” he added.

The new route is Ryanair’s fourth Dublin-London service following Gatwick, Luton and Stansted.

London Southend Airport is in Essex which is about 60 kilometres from London city centre. The airport is served by a train station taking passengers into the heart of London city in 60 minutes.

More than 8.7m passengers have used Dublin Airport so far this year, which is a 4% increase on last year.

Dublin Airport has flights to 195 destinations in 42 countries, operated by over 40 airlines this summer season.

15th June 2018


Dublin DUB+ Honest Eats

Marqette To Trial Honest Eats in Terminal 1

Dublin DUB+ Honest Eats

Dublin Airport has teamed up with Marqette to trial a new honesty-based food and beverage take-away offer in Terminal 1.

A trial Honest Eats fridge is to be installed at the Marqette outlet stocked with a selection of sandwiches, wraps, salads, pastries, snacks and drinks.

Passengers will pick the items they want, scan them and pay for them via a cashless self-service checkout that accepts cards and mobile payment applications.

The fridge unit will have a range of up to 73 different food and drink products. As sales are made, text messages will go to Marqette’s kitchens to ensure that stock levels are properly maintained.

“We are constantly seeking to improve the passenger experience at Dublin Airport and are delighted to be working with Marqette to trial the new Honest Eats concept” said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison.

Michael J Wright owner of Marqette said: “Honest Eats has the potential to work really well in an airport setting where passengers in a hurry want to grab high quality food and drink on the go. We’re really excited to be working with Dublin Airport to test this new concept.”

Mayo-based retail software company CBE is supplying the software for the Honest Eats trial providing for a simple and efficient payment system for passengers.

The initial trial, to begin later this month, will last for about four weeks and data will be shared with participants in the upcoming InspireFest Conference in Dublin as part of a mini-hack competition to further refine and improve the Honest Eats concept.

In the longer term it is envisaged that small Honest Eats units could be located across Dublin Airport in areas that need a quality food and beverage offer but don’t have the space for a full café.

Mr Harrison said: “We’re effectively testing a minimum viable version of the Honest Eats concept and we hope that data from the trial, coupled with the collective brain power of InspireFest attendees, will allow Dublin Airport and Marqette to develop this idea into a fully developed proposition that could be used both here in Dublin and potentially at other airports globally.”

Dublin Airport has operated an honesty payment system for its Plane Water brand since 2014. Typically, about 92% of passengers pay the €1 charge for a 500-ml bottle of water.

14th June 2018


Dublin Airport DUB+ Hainan Airlines Launch

Dublin Airport Welcomes Its First Direct Flight To Beijing

Dublin Airport DUB+ Hainan Airlines Launch
Dublin Airport is delighted to welcome the launch of Hainan Airlines’ new direct service to Beijing.

The year-round service is Dublin Airport’s first ever direct route to mainland China which is a major milestone for the entire Irish economy.

Hainan Airlines will operate the Dublin to Beijing direct service with an Airbus A330 aircraft on Tuesdays and Saturdays and via Edinburgh on Thursdays and Sundays.

Welcoming the new Dublin to Beijing service, Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said it was a historic day for the airport. Commenting on the launch he said: “We are delighted to welcome Hainan Airlines to Dublin Airport and to Ireland. We have worked really hard to bring this direct route to Ireland and today is the result of many years of dialogue. I would like to thank a wide range of other bodies such as the Irish Embassy in China, our colleagues at Tourism Ireland and other key stakeholders such as IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and Bord Bia, all of whom helped to get us to the launch here today.”

He continued: “Trade between Ireland and China is hugely important for our economy and it is currently estimated to be worth more than €14.9 billion per year. The new direct route will greatly facilitate Irish firms and exporters with operations and clients in China, as well as China’s financial services and technology companies investing in Ireland. Ireland is also home to more than 5,000 Chinese students attending Irish educational institutions. This new direct service makes travelling between the capital cities of Ireland and China much easier and I have no doubt it will be popular for both business and leisure travellers. We will work closely with Hainan Airlines to market the new route.”

Hainan Airlines Chairman Bao Quifa said: “We are delighted to launch this first ever direct route between Dublin and Beijing and we are very proud that Hainan Airlines will play a central role in forging greater friendship and cooperation between our two countries. We look forward to welcoming many Irish and Chinese guests on board our five-star Skytrax service.”

Tourism Ireland estimates that about 70,000 Chinese visitors came to the island of Ireland last year, up from 60,000 visitors in 2016. China is the world’s largest outbound travel market, and one of the fastest-growing, with trips from China predicted to grow to 200 million per year by 2020.

Last year 120,000 passengers travelled between Ireland and mainland China. With about a quarter of those people per year travelling between Dublin and Beijing. Before today’s inaugural flight Ireland was the largest travel market in Europe for Chinese traffic that did not have a non-stop flight.

Hainan Airlines carried almost 72 million passengers to 110 destinations last year on a fleet of 300 aircraft. It is part of the Chinese-based global HNA Group, which also owns the Dublin-based aircraft leasing business Avolon.

Hainan Airlines was established in 1993 in the Hainan Province, which is the largest special economic zone in China. Since then, it has established bases in 12 Chinese cities including Beijing, Xi’an, Guangzhou, Dalian, Shenzhen and Chongqing. Hainan’s route network comprises of destinations in China and elsewhere in Asia and extends to Europe, North America and the South Pacific. Prior to today’s launch the airline had seven existing routes between China and western Europe.

Pictured above: Hainan Airlines cabin crew Jonny Yang and Joy Zhang with Dublin Airport Senior Vice President Aviation Business Development Jon Woolf and Hainan Airlines Sales & Marketing Director Frank Shi Zhiwei.

Tuesday 12th June 2018


Air Canada Launch New Montréal Service

Dublin Airport is delighted to welcome the launch of Air Canada’s new summer service to Montréal.

The four times weekly service will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Welcoming the launch of Air Canada’s new Dublin to Montréal service Dublin Airport Senior Vice President Aviation Business Development Jon Woolf said “I am delighted to see Air Canada’s route network go from strength to strength at Dublin Airport. With 13% of the Canadian population claiming Irish ancestry I have no doubt that Montréal will be a popular destination for both Irish and Canadian holidaymakers.”

He added: “There is also a strong corporate connection between the two countries. Ireland is the fifth largest recipient of Canadian investment overseas, with about 80 Canadian companies are located in Ireland while there are also more than 60 Irish companies with operations in Canada. We will work closely with Air Canada to promote its new service.”

Launching the new route Air Canada Sales Manager Ireland Bláithín O’Donnell said “Our new Dublin to Montréal service will provide our Irish leisure and business customers with a great new destination to visit and a range of new connection possibilities. The historic links between Montréal and Ireland are further strengthened by this connection and we are looking forward to extending a Fáilte to visitors from Québec this summer and we know that they will have a Bienvenue for our Irish travellers.”

Air Canada will operate its new service with a Boeing 737 MAX 8 with a two-cabin configuration, with 16 Premium Economy seats in the front cabin and 153 Economy seats, including 54 Preferred seats with additional legroom in the rear cabin.

Pictured above: Vice President System Operations Control Air Canada, Kevin O’Connor, Air Canada Sales Manager Ireland, Bláithín O’Donnell and Dublin Airport Senior Vice President Aviation Business Development Jon Woolf launching Air Canada’s new Dublin to Montréal route.

4th June 2018


Cathay Pacific Launches New Hong Kong Service

Dublin Airport is delighted to welcome the launch of Cathay Pacific’s new four times weekly direct service to Hong Kong.

The year-round service is Dublin Airport’s first ever direct route to the Asia-Pacific region and is a major milestone for the airport and the entire Irish economy.

The Hong Kong based airline will operate its new service with an Airbus A350-900 aircraft in a three-class configuration on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said this is a historic and momentous day for Dublin Airport. “We are delighted to welcome Cathay Pacific to Dublin Airport and to Ireland. Today is the result of collaboration of many years work with a wide range of other bodies such as Irish Embassy in China, the Consulate in Hong Kong, our colleagues at Tourism Ireland and other key stakeholders such as IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and Bord Bia.”

He added: “Trade between Ireland and China is worth more than €8 billion per annum and almost 100 Irish firms have operations in China, employing a total of 100,000 people there. With an estimated 4,000 Irish people living in Hong Kong and about 40,000 people per year travelling between our two cities I have no doubt this new route will be popular for business and leisure travellers. We will work closely with Cathay Pacific to market the new route.”

Cathay Pacific’s General Manager Europe James Ginns said: “We’re delighted that Ireland’s first and only non-stop flight to Hong Kong has been well-received by customers. Our team is thrilled to be able have a role in fostering bilateral tourism and economic growth between Ireland and Asia. We feel confident that this new route will continue to bring more convenience and choice to the Irish public and optimise opportunities for Irish businesses.”

The Dublin flight will arrive in Hong Kong early in the morning local time, providing a wide range of connecting options with flights to mainland China, Japan, Korea, South-East Asia and Australia on the Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon networks.

Cathay Pacific, which is part of the oneworld alliance, has flights to 197 destinations in 48 countries and territories. It operates a fleet of 144 aircraft with orders for a further 53 aircraft for delivery until 2024. Its short-haul subsidiary Cathay Dragon flies to 56 destinations in mainland China and other Asian countries.

The planned flight times for the new Hong Kong route are as follows (all times local):

In summer, the flight will depart Dublin at 11.55, arriving in Hong Kong at 07.05. The return flight will depart Hong Kong at 00.50, arriving in Dublin at 06.45. In winter, the flight will depart Dublin at 11.00, arriving in Hong Kong at 07.30. The return flight will depart Hong Kong at 00.15 and arrive in Dublin at 05.30.

Pictured above: Cathay Pacific cabin crew members Christine Wang and Winnie Phan at the launch of the airline’s new non-stop direct service from Dublin to Hong Kong.

2nd June 2018


Dublin Airport DUB+ British Airways Dublin - Manchester

British Airways Launches New Dublin-Manchester Service

Dublin Airport DUB+ British Airways Dublin - Manchester

Dublin Airport is delighted to welcome the launch of British Airways’ new weekly service to Manchester.

Welcoming the new service, Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison said “we are delighted to see British Airways expand its route network from Dublin Airport and I have no doubt this new service will be popular for both Irish and UK-based passengers.  We will continue to work closely with British Airways to promote its new route.” 

Keith Chuter, Sales Manager Ireland for British Airways, said: “We’re thrilled to be able to grow our summer schedule from Dublin Airport, offering our customers access to our new Manchester route.”

He added “Manchester is a city known for being unique and eclectic with plenty of restaurants, shops and museums for visitors to enjoy, so our new flight is ideal for travellers looking to take a short city break.” 

In addition to the new Manchester route, British Airways also operates flights from Dublin Airport to London Heathrow and London City airports. From Heathrow BA customers have access to an extensive global network of over 140 destinations worldwide, catering for both leisure and business travellers.

The airline will operate its new route with an Embraer 190, a 98 seater jet offering business and economy class, departing Dublin at 21.20 every Friday and returning on Sunday at 08.55 until September 30.

British Airways’ new Manchester route is one of 14 new services starting from Dublin Airport this summer.

Pictured above: Dublin Airport Aviation Business Development Manager, Stephen O’Reilly, British Airways Key Partnership Manager UK & Ireland, Brenda Morgan; British Airways Consumer Sales Manager Tara Magee and Dublin Airport Business to Business Marketing Executive, Edel Redmond.

22nd May 2018


Dublin Airport DUB+ Aer Lingus to Seattle

Aer Lingus Launches New Dublin-Seattle Service

Dublin Airport DUB+ Aer Lingus to Seattle

Dublin Airport is delighted to welcome Aer Lingus’ new four times weekly, year-round direct service to Seattle.

Welcoming the new service Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said he is delighted to see Aer Lingus’ route network go from strength to strength.

Commenting on the launch Mr Harrison said “This is Aer Lingus’ 13th transatlantic route from Dublin Airport and its tenth new transatlantic route in the past four years. I have no doubt Seattle will be a popular destination for both business and leisure passengers and will further boost trade and travel between Ireland and the US.”

Passengers travelling on Aer Lingus’ new service to Seattle will use US Pre Clearance 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 pre cleared passenger encounters on arrival in the US is the taxi queue to their final destination.

Aer Lingus has significantly expanded its North American business in recent years and built a substantial transfer business. The new service to Seattle will have onward connections from Dublin to 24 other cities including Berlin, Edinburgh, Brussels and Hamburg.

According to Mr Harrison “Dublin Airport’s transatlantic traffic has doubled in the past five years and Dublin is now the fifth largest airport in Europe for North American connectivity after Heathrow, Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam.” 

Seattle will be Aer Lingus’ third city on west coast of the US with direct flights from Dublin as there are already direct services to San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Aer Lingus’ new service to Seattle is one of five new long-haul routes launching this year.  Aer Lingus already launched a new direct service to Philadelphia in March, Air Canada will operate flights to Montreal, Cathay Pacific will launch a new direct route to Hong Kong and Hainan Airlines will start direct services to Beijing from June.

18th May 2018