13 New Services Help Boost Seat Capacity By 2M
Dublin Airport is expecting its busiest ever summer, with a total of 13 new routes/services, comprising seven short-haul and six long-haul destinations are being added to the flight schedule.
Dublin Airport will have almost two million extra seats available this summer, which is a 9% increase in capacity compared to last summer.
Aer Lingus will add long-haul direct services to Los Angeles, Newark and a new route to Hartford, Connecticut to its network while Air Canada rouge will start direct services to Vancouver. Thomson/Falcon will commence two new charter services in June with direct flights to Montego Bay in Jamaica and Cancun in Mexico for a six-week period.
Dublin Airport is gearing up for its busiest summer ever, according to Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison. “We are delighted to add these exciting new destinations to our route network as well as significant increases in seat capacity and frequency on over 20 existing routes giving our customers great choice, flexibility and more options whether they are travelling for business or leisure purposes this summer season.”
Extra security staff and customer care staff have been recruited to help cope with increased demand for this summer, and the airport will continue its focus on providing a quality experience for passengers, according to Mr Harrison.
“Dublin Airport was rated the best airport in Europe among its peer group for quality and customer service last year and as passenger numbers increase we’re continually working to improve our facilities and the product that we provide for our customers.”
The number of additional seats to and from North America is up 13%, with an extra 270,000 seats this summer. The peak summer months will see nine airlines flying 340 flights per week to and from 12 destinations in the US and four destinations in Canada, which equates to an average of 48 flights daily to and from North America.
“Dublin Airport is now the fifth largest European airport for connectivity into North America, with only the major hubs of London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Frankfurt and Amsterdam Schiphol having more routes and flights,” said Mr Harrison.
Overall capacity on existing European routes is set to increase by 9% with almost 900,000 additional seats this summer.
Customers have the option to choose from seven new short-haul routes to continental Europe. Ryanair has already launched services to Athens and Vigo. Aer Lingus has launched a new service to Murcia and will add Montpellier and Pisa in the coming weeks. Romanian airline, Blue Air will start a new route to Cluj the capital of Translyvania at the start of June and Dublin Airport will welcome a new airline this summer when Aegean Airlines launches flights to Athens.
This year, passengers can choose from over 180 scheduled destinations from Dublin Airport to 16 destinations in North America, 23 destinations in the UK, 118 destinations in Continental Europe and two destinations in both Africa and the Middle East.