Dublin Airport and Aer Lingus have joined forces on a major marketing push to promote flying from Britain to North America via Dublin Airport.
The two companies will host roadshows in nine British cities over the next two months to showcase the excellent connectivity offered by Aer Lingus and Dublin Airport and the ease of transferring through Dublin.
“Dublin Airport has been growing significantly as a transfer hub for passengers from Britain and continental Europe over the past three years,” said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison.
“Last year, a record 750,000 passengers used Dublin as a hub, which was a 37% increase on the previous year and we looking forward to welcoming even more transfer passengers in 2015.”
Aer Lingus currently offers connecting services from 19 British airports to its transatlantic network at Dublin Airport and will operate seven North American destinations from Dublin this summer.
“Aer Lingus is the fastest growing European airline on transatlantic routes, having grown its business by over 20% to 1.3 million customers over the past year,” said Aer Lingus Chief Revenue Officer Mike Rutter. “We offer a seamless product that we know saves time and money, and truly is the best choice for travelling to the USA from Britain.”
Last year, Aer Lingus launched new services from Dublin to San Francisco and Toronto and from May this year, a new four times weekly service will commence to Washington DC. The San Francisco service will operate daily from April and Aer Lingus will also have three daily departures to New York during the peak summer this year.
“Customers can choose from more than 100 onward connections across the USA and Canada with partner airlines, allowing for seamless transfer options, making Aer Lingus the smart choice for UK consumers,” Mr Rutter added. Dublin Airport and Aer Lingus will hold events in cities such as Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham and Cardiff showcasing the Aer Lingus transatlantic product and explaining the ease and convenience of connecting in Dublin. They will also jointly attend a trade show in London to target the British travel trade sector. The first event will be held in Bristol on Wednesday, February 4.
“Using Dublin to connect is a faster, more efficient and more pleasant option than connecting via a continental European airport or travelling by road or rail to a larger British airport,” Mr Harrison said.
“Flying with Aer Lingus to North America via Dublin, saves money, saves time and saves stress versus London,” according to Mr Rutter. “Aer Lingus customers can enjoy the best in smart travel with access to wifi and mobile data on board and for the business traveller, we’ll have a new business class experience launching in the spring with full lie-flat seating.”
Passengers enjoy the ease of connecting at Dublin Airport, as it offers a smooth transfer product, excellent connections to Britain and North America, and the ability to pre-clear US customs and immigration in Dublin prior to departure on flights to the US.
“Dublin Airport is the only major airport in Europe to offer US preclearance, which enables passengers to save time on arrival in the US by completing all the necessary immigration and customs checks prior to departure,” Mr Harrison said. “The only queue a pre-cleared passenger meeting on arrival in the US is the taxi queue to their final destination.”
To make the transfer experience even easier, Dublin Airport offers passengers free unlimited wifi and a free DUB HUB mobile service powered by Google, to guide you seamlessly to your gate. Simply enter your flight number on the DUB HUB homepage and you’ll be guided to your gate and obtain all the necessary information on your flight.
“Transferring at Dublin is a great product which British passengers are experiencing in growing numbers,” according to Mr Harrison. “These events will bring that message to a wider audience and we’re delighted to be working with Aer Lingus to promote Dublin as a transatlantic hub in the British market.”