DUB+ Dublin Airport Hainan Schenzen

Hainan Airlines To Operate New Dublin-Shenzhen Route

DUB+ Dublin Airport Hainan Schenzen

Dublin Airport welcomes Hainan Airlines’ decision to launch a new year-round direct service from Dublin to Shenzhen later this month.

Hainan will operate two flights per week between Dublin and Shenzhen, which is in south-eastern China. Shenzhen will be Dublin Airport’s second destination in mainland China, as Hainan already operates a Dublin-Beijing service.

Commenting on the announcement Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said “We are delighted that Hainan has decided to expand its Irish operation and launch this new service to Shenzhen.” He continued saying “Shenzhen is China’s answer to Silicon Valley in the United States and this new route will further increase trade, tourism and investment between Ireland and China.”

Hainan’s existing Dublin-Beijing service, which currently operates twice a week, will return to four times weekly for the summer season. “We have worked closely with Hainan to establish this new route to Shenzhen, and over the coming weeks and months we and other stakeholders will be continuing to help them to promote this new service” Mr Harrison said.

He added “Shenzhen is a really exciting destination for both business and leisure travel, and the addition of this new service will expand the growing number of Chinese visitors to Ireland”.

Hainan will operate its new Shenzhen route with a Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner with 289 seats. The route will operate on Mondays and Fridays, beginning February 25.

Hainan entered the Irish market last June when it launched a service to Beijing via Edinburgh. On alternate days the service either operates direct between Dublin and Beijing or has a stopover in Edinburgh.

Shenzhen was one of the world’s fastest-growing cities in recent decades and has a population of about 13 million.  The city is a 30-40-minute bullet train ride away from both Hong Kong and Guangzhou and was ranked second in Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Cities to visit in 2019.

Lonely Planet described Shenzhen as “China’s most innovative city” with “a strumming indie-music scene, cool cafes, a small contingent of craft brewers and a whole new arts district risen from the remains of former warehouses”.

Hainan has a significant domestic network at Shenzhen and also operate flights from the city to international destinations such as Brisbane, Brussels, Madrid, Oakland, Osaka, Tel Aviv, Vancouver and Zurich.

Hainan Airlines was established in 1993 in Hainan Province, which is the largest special economic zone in China. Since then, Hainan Airlines has established bases in 12 Chinese cities including Beijing, Xi’an, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dalian, and Chongqing.

Hainan Airlines and its subsidiaries have more than 400 aircraft operating 1,700 domestic and international routes to more than 220 cities worldwide. Its route network comprises destinations in China and elsewhere in Asia and extends to Europe, North America and the South Pacific.

Hainan’s Shenzhen service is one of 20 new routes at Dublin Airport for this year. Last year Dublin Airport welcomed 31.5 million passengers, which was a 6% increase on the previous 12 months.

8th February 2019


DUB+ Dublin Airport 11th Largest Airport

Dublin Airport Was EU’s 11th Largest Airport in 2018

DUB+ Dublin Airport 11th Largest Airport

Dublin Airport was the 11th largest airport in the European Union last year, according to new data from Airports Council International (ACI) Europe.

Dublin Airport welcomed almost 31.5 million passengers last year, which means that more than five times the population of the island of Ireland passed through the airport during 2018. The new ACI data for passenger numbers across Europe shows that Dublin Airport is the now the 11th largest airport within the European Union and the 15th largest airport in Europe.

London Heathrow was the European Union’s largest airport last year, followed by Paris Charles de Gaulle, Amsterdam Schiphol, Frankfurt and Madrid.

“Dublin Airport has grown in recent to become a significant player in the European aviation market” said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison. He added “This added scale is good news for the economy throughout the island, as it enables Dublin Airport to compete at a higher level with other major airports to win new business and boost Ireland’s overall connectivity.”

The new statistics released by ACI Europe today also show that Dublin Airport was one of the fastest-growing large airports in Europe in the second half of last year. Passenger traffic at Dublin increased by 6.7% between July and December, making it the fifth fastest-growing large airport in Europe during this period.

According to Mr Harrison “Eight years of consecutive passenger growth at Dublin Airport has had a hugely positive impact on Irish tourism, trade and foreign direct investment”.

Since 2014, passenger numbers at Dublin Airport have increased by 45% from 21.7 million to 31.5 million, making it one of the fastest-growing large airports in Europe during that period and moving into the top tier of European airports.

“To help meet the challenges of that growth and allow Dublin Airport to expand to handle 40 million passengers per year, we’re now planning a very significant investment programme to build a new runway, additional boarding gate areas, new aircraft parking stands and a wide range of other facilities.”

The heart of the plan is a €900 million capacity expansion programme and it also includes a €200 million investment in airfield works and an annual spend of about €120 on repair and maintenance and revenue generating projects. The investments will be made at no cost to the Exchequer, as daa is not funded by the State.

ACI Europe’s data shows that total European passenger traffic increased by +6.1% to a record 2.34 billion last year. Europe’s airports welcomed an extra 136.6 million passengers during the year while freight traffic increased by 1.8% during the year.
The new data also shows that average passenger numbers at European Union airports increased by 5.4% during 2018, compared to the 6% growth that Dublin Airport experienced during the year. ACI Europe said that EU passenger growth was affected by air traffic disruptions, airline strikes and some consolidation activity during the summer, but that growth had improved during the winter.

Airports in eastern and southern parts of the EU had the best passenger performance last year, along with those in Austria and Luxembourg. The weakest performing countries were Sweden, which has a new aviation tax, and the UK, where fears in relation to Brexit had an impact, according to ACI.

Dublin Airport has flights to almost 200 destinations in 43 countries, operated by over 40 airlines. It will welcome 19 new routes this year including Calgary, Dallas-Fort Worth, Minneapolis-St Paul, Hamilton, Ontario, Kyiv, and Gothenburg.

Rank Airport Passengers (M)
1 Heathrow 80
2 Paris CDG 72
3 Amsterdam 71
4 Frankfurt 70
5 Madrid 58
6 Barcelona 50
7 Munich 46
8 Gatwick 46
9 Rome 43
10 Paris Orly 33
11 Dublin 31
12 Copenhagen 30
13 Palma 29
14 Lisbon 29
15 Manchester 28

 

6th February 2019

 


DUB+ Partner Marketing Exchange 2019

DUB+ Partner Marketing Exchange 2019

DUB+ Partner Marketing Exchange 2019

The 4th annual DUB+ Partner Marketing Exchange took place yesterday, Thursday 24th January at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dublin Airport.

It was attended by a captive audience of over 100 participants from our airlines, business partners and airport colleagues to deliver ‘Better Business Together’ and it provided an unmissable day of insights, networking and partnership.

To take a look at some of the pictures from the event, click here.

To take a look at the event video highlights, click here.

Pictured above as part of a panel discussion on ‘Sustaining growth & outlook for Ireland’: Ann McGregor CEO, NI Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Liz Halpin, Head of Dublin Region, Fáilte Ireland; Louise Finnegan, Head of Business Partnership for Tourism Ireland and Mary Rose Burke, CEO, Dublin Chamber of Commerce.

25th January 2019


Dublin Airport Sets New Passenger Record

Dublin Airport welcomed a total of 31.5 million passengers during 2018, setting a new record for the airport.

Passenger numbers were up 6%, as the equivalent of more than five times the population of the island of Ireland used Dublin Airport last year. An additional 1.9 million passengers were welcomed at the airport during 2018.

About 29.4 million people started and ended their journey at Dublin Airport last year, while a further 2.1 million passengers used the airport as a hub. Short-haul traffic increased by 5% to 26.5 million, while long-haul passenger numbers increased by 15% to 5 million.

Traffic growth was underpinned by a strong performance from transatlantic and other long-haul routes, coupled with healthy growth in continental European traffic and the continued expansion of Dublin Airport as a significant gateway between North America and Europe.

Commenting on the new record, Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said “Dublin Airport enjoyed its eighth consecutive year of passenger growth in 2018 and I’d like to thank the travelling public, our airline customers, our staff and the staff of all the other companies at the airport for helping to generate yet another record year.”

Mr Harrison added: “Dublin Airport is a key economic engine for Ireland and last year’s traffic growth helped deliver a record year for Irish tourism, bringing additional jobs and tourism spending throughout the island.”

He continued saying “Dublin Airport’s record passenger numbers also boosted Irish trade and exports and helped facilitate greater levels of foreign direct investment in Ireland and by Irish companies overseas. Air connectivity is essential for the Irish economy and the provision of new and expanded services at Dublin Airport benefits the entire country.”

Continental European traffic, which is Dublin Airport’s largest market, increased by 7% last year, as almost 16.3 million passengers took flights to and from continental European destinations.

UK traffic increased by 1%, with almost 10.1 million passengers travelling to and from UK airports last year. UK traffic growth has been sluggish for the past two years due to the weakness of sterling amid concerns about the impact of Brexit on the UK economy.

Transatlantic traffic increased by 16%, as Dublin Airport recorded more than 4 million annual passengers on North American routes for the first time. Transatlantic traffic has doubled since 2014. Other international traffic, which includes flights to Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, increased by 17% to just over 1 million.

Dublin Airport continued to strengthen its position as a key gateway between Europe and North America, with transfer passenger numbers increasing by 18% to 1.8 million last year. A new €16 million dedicated transfer facility was opened during the year, to help expand this business. A further 240,000 passengers transited through Dublin last year – i.e. they passed through the airport but did not change planes.

There were 16 new routes at Dublin Airport last year – including new services to Beijing, Hong Kong, Montreal, and Seattle – and capacity increases on 22 existing services, as airlines added flights and deployed larger aircraft on some of their Dublin routes.

This year, Dublin Airport will welcome 19 new routes. New long-haul destinations include Calgary, Dallas-Fort Worth, Minneapolis-St Paul, and Hamilton, Ontario. The short-haul network is also expanding, with scheduled flights to new destinations such as the Sardinian capital Cagliari, Kyiv, and Gothenburg.

Since 2014, annual passenger numbers at Dublin Airport have increased by 45% from 21.7 million to 31.5 million making it one of the fastest-growing large airports in Europe during that period.

To help cope with this huge growth in traffic and to also enable the airport to expand to handle 40 million passengers per year, daa is currently consulting on a major capital investment programme.

The centrepiece of the plan is a €900 million capital investment programme to deliver new boarding gate areas, aircraft parking stands and many other significant improvements. The plan also includes about €200 million in airfield works and annual investment of about €120 on repair and maintenance and revenue generating projects.

These investments will be made at no cost to the State, as while daa is State-owned, it is not funded by the taxpayer. There will also be no charge to airport users as under daa’s proposals, airport charges will remain flat during the forthcoming regulatory period.

Dublin Airport is one of the most important economic assets in the country. It supports or facilitates 117,300 jobs and contributes €8.3 billion annually to the national economy.

15th January 2019


Dublin Airport DUB+ Cafe Nero

Dublin Airport Welcomes Caffé Nero To Terminal 2

Dublin Airport DUB+ Cafe Nero

Dublin Airport’s newest food and beverage outlet, Caffè Nero has opened in the Arrivals Hall in Terminal 2.

The new café offers a range of coffee, food and drinks to have in store or to take away. Food options include fresh sandwiches, wraps and rolls as well as sweet treats such as pastries, cakes, muffins, oat bars and fruit.

Welcoming the opening of the new outlet, Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said: “Caffè Nero is a great addition to Terminal 2 and is ideally located for arriving passengers and those waiting to welcome friends and family.”

The new Caffè Nero is part of an overall revamp of both the landside and airside areas of Terminal 2. “We are constantly reviewing and refreshing our food and beverage offering so we are delighted to have this new brand at Dublin Airport” Mr Harrison added.

The design of the new outlet in Dublin Airport is bespoke to the site and incorporates several features which connect with different parts of Ireland. The bar has been hand made by Irish company, Wilson’s Yard, while the farmhouse tables in the outlet were all made by a local joinery company, DC Joinery in Lusk.

The external wall was hand painted by local artist Colin O’Connell. The store also features a large graphic of Grattan Bridge, and pictures of Temple Bar and Crow Street in Dublin city centre.

All Caffè Nero’s baristas master the art of coffee making in their bespoke espresso training school, while its unique, award-winning coffee blend is made in its own roastery. The new outlet will employ nine people.

The family-owned business operates more than 800 coffee houses across Europe. Its new outlet in Terminal 2 means the chain now has 12 cafés in Dublin and 15 in total across Ireland.

Pictured above (LtoR): daa Senior Project Manager Terminals, Parool Rajput; Caffé Nero’s Emma McCusker and Emmet Murphy, daa Programme Manager at the opening of Caffé Nero in Terminal 2.

27th December 2018


Dublin Airport DUB+ AirBaltic Riga Launch

airBaltic To Operate New Dublin-Riga Service Next Summer 

Dublin Airport DUB+ AirBaltic Riga Launch

Dublin Airport has welcomed airBaltic’s decision to launch a new Dublin-Riga service next summer.

The new service will operate four times per week to the Latvian capital.

Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said he was delighted to welcome airBaltic back to Dublin Airport saying “this new service to Riga will further enhance the connectivity between Ireland and Latvia and is good news for passengers as it will offer additional choice and convenience.”

Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic said the airline was glad to offer its guests regular flights from Dublin to Riga. “This route has had strong demand for years now and we are very happy that we can add flights between the two cities to our expanding route portfolio. airBaltic passengers now will have direct flights to Riga with the new Airbus A220-300 aircraft.”

Tickets for the new service, which begins on 31 March 2019, are now on sale.

airBaltic serves over 70 destinations from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, offering the largest variety of destinations and convenient connections via Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS and the Middle East.

Dublin Airport, which has already welcomed more than 30 million passengers this year, has flights to almost 190 destinations in 43 countries.

airBaltic To Operate New Dublin-Riga Service Next Summer

20th December 2018


Dublin Airport DUB+ Busiest Christmas Ever

Busiest Christmas Ever At Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport DUB+ Busiest Christmas Ever

Dublin Airport will have its busiest Christmas season on record this year, as just over 1.1 million people are expected to arrive and depart during the festive season.

From Friday, 21 December to Friday 4 January, 2019 an expected 1,136,000 people will travel through Dublin Airport. The numbers expected to travel this year are up 8% compared to the same period last year.

This will be the busiest Christmas in the airport’s 78-year history, according to Dublin Airport spokesperson, Siobhán O’Donnell.

Ms O’Donnell said “Friday, 21 December is expected to be the busiest day before Christmas, with 94,000 passengers due to arrive and depart through both terminals, while Friday, 28 December is expected to be the busiest day after Christmas, particularly with passengers heading to winter sun and skiing destinations”.

She added “Dublin Airport is a truly magical place at Christmas time with many wonderful, emotional family reunions at arrivals in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2”.

Dublin Airport has also passed the 30 million passenger milestone in a single year for the first time in its history. Passenger numbers are up 6% so far this year, with good growth in European, transatlantic and other long-haul markets.

Over 1,600 performers from local schools and choirs singing in both terminals in the days leading up to Christmas bringing a true Ceád Míle Fáilte to the many people coming home for the Christmas Holidays and to those visiting Ireland from overseas for the holiday season.

Once again, the Dublin Airport campus and terminal buildings have been decorated to give a special atmosphere to the airport over this festive season. The terminals are decked with more than 300,000 led lights, which use significantly less electricity than traditional lighting, more than 60 Christmas trees, 500 metres of garlands, 30 Christmas wreaths and 30 festive displays.

RTE 2FM’s Nicky Byrne and Jenny Greene will broadcast live from the airport on Friday, December 21 from 10am until 1pm.

Dublin Airport will close on Christmas Day – the only day on which it closes every year – however a number of staff members will remain on duty that day, including the airport’s emergency fire services.

Flight operations will cease on Christmas Eve after the last flight departs to Moscow with Aeroflot at 10pm and they will resume on St. Stephen’s Day when Aer Lingus’ EI 104 from New York lands at 5am.

19th December 2018


Dublin Airport DUB+ 30milllion passengers

Dublin Airport Breaks 30 Million Passenger Milestone

Dublin Airport DUB+ 30milllion passengers

Dublin Airport has welcomed 30 million passengers so far this year, and still has the busy Christmas period to come.

This is the first time in Dublin Airport’s 78-year history that more than 30 million passengers have used the airport in a single year.

“We’re delighted to pass the 30 million passenger mark for the first time in Dublin Airport’s history” said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison. “I’d like to thank our airline customers, our passengers, our staff and our partners, all of whom played a role in helping the airport reach this historic passenger milestone.”

Passenger numbers at Dublin Airport are up 6% so far this year, with good growth in European, transatlantic and other long-haul markets, according to Mr Harrison.

The 30 million milestone was passed in recent days and Dublin Airport still has twelve days of trading to come this year. The busy Christmas period is well underway, and the airport will be open every day until December 31 apart from Christmas Day.

Dublin Airport welcomed more than 25 million passengers for the first time in 2015 and passed the 20 million passenger milestone for the first time in 2006.

The passenger growth at Dublin Airport is good news for the entire Irish economy, as the extra traffic stimulates extra tourism and trade throughout the country. “The economic activity generated by the 30 million passengers who have used Dublin Airport so far this year underpins the record numbers of tourism visitors to Ireland, boosts Irish exports and helps keep the Irish economy growing,” according to Mr Harrison.

The most recent data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) shows record levels of spending by overseas visitors to the State in the first nine months of this year. Total spending increased by 7.2% during the period, while spending by holidaymakers was up by 12.2%.

The data showed that spending by visitors from continental Europe and North America were the main drivers of this growth in tourism revenue, and this reflects the mix of traffic growth at Dublin Airport during the first nine months of this year.

As passenger traffic continues to grow, Dublin Airport is planning a very significant investment in facilities to help cope with current demand and expand into the future. The contract for Dublin Airport’s new North Runway was awarded in October and mobilisation works for this project are currently underway.

Consultations were also held recently on a major capital investment programme, the centrepiece of which is a €900 million capacity expansion plan to help Dublin Airport grow to 40 million passengers a year.

The proposal includes an investment of about €400 million to build new capacity in the northern end of the airport close to Terminal 1, while about €500 million will be invested at the southern apron area close to Terminal 2.

This €900 million investment programme will see the construction of new boarding gate areas, additional aircraft parking stands and many other significant improvements. The €900 million capacity package is part of wider plan which also includes €200 million of airfield works and a €120 million annual spend on repair and maintenance and revenue generating projects.

This winter Dublin Airport has 14 new services and almost 1.6 million extra seats across its route network. This represents a 12% increase in seat capacity compared to the same period last year.

Dublin Airport is one of the most important economic drivers in the country. It generates or facilitates 117,300 jobs and €8.3 billion worth of economic activity. The new North Runway will facilitate the creation of 31,200 new jobs by 2043 and will add €2.2 billion to Ireland’s GDP during the same period.

Dublin Airport Passenger Milestones
Dublin Airport Opens: January 1940
250,000 passengers: 1951/52*
500,000 passengers: 1957/58*
1 million passengers: 1962/63*
2 million passengers: 1971/72*
5 million passengers: 1989
10 million passengers: 1997
15 million passengers: 2002
20 million passengers: 2006
25 million passengers: 2015
30 million passengers: 2018
(*April year-end)

Tuesday 18 December 2018


Dublin Airport DUB+ Record November

Record November At Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport DUB+ Record November

Almost 2.3 million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport last month, making it the busiest November in the airport’s history. Passenger numbers were up 7% during the month.

Passenger volumes travelling to and from continental Europe grew by 8%, with almost 1.1 million people travelling to European destinations during the month.

UK traffic grew by 2% as almost 848,000 passengers travelled to and from UK destinations in November.

Transatlantic volumes increased by 15%, with more than 275,000 passengers travelling to and from North America during the month.

Other international passenger traffic, which includes flights to the Middle East, north Africa and the Asia Pacific region grew by 13%, with more than 72,000 passengers travelling on these route sectors in November.

Passenger numbers on domestic flights rose by 47%, with almost 10,000 passengers travelling on domestic routes during the month.

7th December 2018