April 27, 2017 Back to all news

6% Increase In Capacity With More Than 1.3 Million Extra Seats

A total of nine new routes/services, comprising four short-haul and five long haul destinations are being added to Dublin Airport’s flight schedule this summer.   

More than 1.3 million extra seats have been added across Dublin Airport’s route network this summer, which is a 6% increase in capacity compared to last year.   

Five new long haul routes will be launched in the coming weeks with Aer Lingus adding Miami to its route network, Delta Air Lines starting new services to Boston, and Norwegian launching two new routes to the US - to Stewart International New York State and Providence, Rhode Island.  Dublin Airport will also welcome a major new airline, Qatar Airways when it starts its new direct daily route to Doha in the Persian Gulf.

Dublin Airport is getting ready for another busy summer season, according to Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison. “We are continuously working with existing and new airlines to add new and exciting destinations to our route network.   These nine new services together with extra capacity and frequency on over 20 existing routes provides our customers with greater choice, and flexibility and more whether they are travelling for business or leisure purposes this summer season. The extra capacity that is available this summer will also help boost the tourism industry throughout the island of Ireland as Dublin Airport is Ireland’s key gateway airport.”

The number of additional seats to and from North America is up 23%, with an extra 538,000 seats this year. The peak summer months will see 10 airlines flying 414 flights per week to and from 15 destinations in the US and five destinations in Canada, which equates to an average of 60 flights daily to and from North America. 

“Dublin Airport continues to be the fifth largest European airport for connectivity to 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 7% with over 785,000 additional seats this summer. 

Customers have the option to choose from four new short-haul routes to continental Europe.  Transavia has already launched services to Munich, British Airways will start a new service to Ibiza, Aer Lingus will start a new service to Split in Croatia and Norwegian is adding Stockholm to its existing route network from Dublin Airport.

Once again, Thomson/Falcon will begin two charter services in June with direct flights to Montego Bay in Jamaica and Cancun in Mexico for a six-week period.

This year, passengers can choose from over 180 scheduled destinations from Dublin Airport to 19 destinations in North America, 23 destinations in the UK, 118 destinations in Continental Europe and five destinations in both Africa and the Middle East.

More than 5.8 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport in the first three months of this year, representing a 5% increase or an extra 260,000 passengers compared to last year.

New Routes Launching This Summer At Dublin Airport


 Airline    AirlineAirline



 Aer Lingus

 3 per week


 Delta Air Lines

 7 per week

 Stewart Intl New York 


 7 per week

 Providence Rhode Island Providence Rhode Island


 5 per week


 Qatar Airways

 7 per week



 3 per week


 British Airways

 1 per week


 Aer Lingus

 2 per week



 2 per week


Image above: Gary Forde and Rachel Flynn at the launch of Dublin Airport's summer schedule.