Dublin Airport will have 850,000 extra seats available this summer, a 5% increase in capacity compared to last year. A total of 15 new services, comprising 12 short-haul routes to continental Europe and new long-haul routes to San Francisco, Toronto and St. John’s, Newfoundland will begin in the coming weeks.
Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison said that this summer is set to be the busiest since passenger numbers reached their peak in 2008. “There’s an exciting range of new destinations to choose from this summer at Dublin Airport,” Harrison said. “The significant increase in seat capacity and frequency provides our customers with greater flexibility, whether travelling for business or leisure purposes,” he added.
North American destinations will see the biggest growth this summer with seat capacity up 17% representing an additional 250,000 seats to the United States and Canada. A total of 268 flights will operate each week which is an average of 38 flights per day. “Accessibility to the west coast of the US is strengthened with the new year-round, direct daily service to San Francisco, which will positively enhance business connections between Ireland and the US,” according to Harrison. “We very much welcomed the news from US Customs & Border Protection that it will pre-clear all US bound flights this year, facilitating a much smoother entry in to the States,” he added.
This summer will also a significant increase in connectivity between Ireland and Canada with additional service to Toronto and a new route to St John’s Newfoundland. “With strong historical connections between Newfoundland and Ireland we expect this to be a very popular destination across the summer for both Irish and Canadian visitors,” Harrison said. Capacity on European routes is set to increase by 4% with 520,000 more seats available this summer compared to last year.
Aer Lingus will launch new short-haul services to Hanover and Pula, Ryanair has added nine new routes to its network and Luxair is set to return to the Irish market shortly with a four times weekly service to Luxembourg.
There will also be a significant expansion in capacity to the Middle East during the summer season. Etihad will increase its Dublin-Abu Dhabi service from 10 flights per week, to double daily from July, a 40% increase in frequency providing almost 14,000 seats each week between Ireland and the United Arab Emirates. Meanwhile, Emirates will double capacity on its Dublin-Dubai service from September when it also goes double daily.
Extra capacity will also be added to many existing services such as United Airways to Newark, Munich and Düsseldorf with Lufthansa, CityJet to London City and Bucharest with Tarom, along with significant frequency increases to Aer Lingus and Ryanair’s flight schedules.
This summer 59 airlines will fly to over 180 destinations from Dublin Airport.