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.
“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," said Mr Harrison.
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.
Since 2014, Aer Lingus, working in tandem with Dublin Airport, 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.
“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,” according to Mr Harrison.
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.
More than 8.7 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport in the first four months of this year, a 4% increase over the same period last year. Dublin Airport has welcomed an extra 374,000 additional passengers in the first four months of 2018.
This summer season Dublin Airport will have flights to 195 destinations in 42 countries, operated by 56 airlines.