WestJet introduces new Calgary service from Dublin

Dublin Airport has said that Canadian airline WestJet has introduced a new three-times weekly direct service to Calgary in Alberta, Canada.

The new Dublin-Calgary route will operate from Dublin three times per week on Sunday, Monday and Thursday. Flights will depart at 13.45 and arrive in Calgary at 15.05. The return flights will depart Calgary on Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday at 20.45 and arrive in Dublin at 11.38 the following day. Operated using a Boeing Dreamliner aircraft, the new route is the only scheduled service between the two cities.

‘We have forged a strong bond and friendship with WestJet and we are delighted to welcome its new direct service between Calgary and Dublin Airport,’ said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison.

‘Dublin Airport is now connected to six Canadian cities which means that this year is set to be our busiest year ever for travel between Dublin and Canada. I have no doubt this new service will be popular in both directions for business and leisure passengers. We wish WestJet every success with its new route and we will continue to work closely with them to promote the new service,’ he added.

WestJet’s Chief Commercial Officer Arved von zur Muehlen said ‘With the launch of our third transatlantic Dreamliner flight, WestJet adds to our exceptional growth into and out of Calgary, where we remain the airline with the most destinations and departures. With more than 4.5 million Canadians claiming Irish heritage, we are pleased to be providing our guests with easy access to all the cultural, economic and social ties between Western Canada and Ireland.’

WestJet’s new Calgary service will also offer onward connections to 24 destinations including Vancouver and Las Vegas. Dublin was WestJet’s first ever transatlantic destination, as the airline launched its Dublin-St. John’s Newfoundland service in the summer of 2014. The airline switched its services between Dublin and St. John’s to a six times weekly service to Halifax in April this year, Dublin Airport said in a release.

Norwegian commences new route from Dublin to Hamilton, Canada

Norwegian has recently announced the launch of a first-ever route between Dublin and Hamilton, Canada.

The new route is Norwegian’s first-ever transatlantic service to Canada and the only direct flight between Ireland and Hamilton in Ontario. This summer, Hamilton will join Norwegian’s existing services to New York and Providence.

On March 31, Norwegian commenced a new service from Dublin to Toronto’s Hamilton John C. Munro International Airport offering customers a new link to Canada. Norwegian will operate flights to Hamilton on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday using a Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Tickets can be booked at www.norwegian.com/ie.

Matthew Wood, SVP Commercial at Norwegian said: ‘We’re delighted to build on our popular services to the USA and offer Irish consumers another destination with our first-ever route from Dublin to Canada.

‘Customers now have an affordable option to explore a brand-new destination this summer whether visiting Hamilton, Toronto or witnessing the beauty of nature at Niagara Falls with the flexibility of a daily schedule.’

Sharon Murphy, Acting Manager at Tourism Hamilton said: ‘We can’t wait to introduce new travellers to Hamilton’s many tourist attractions and events. While the city is an affordable and ideally located alternative entry and departure point for international travellers in the busy south western Ontario travel hub – our fascinating, comeback city is also well worth a few days of exploration. Genuine and always welcoming, we’ve got breathtaking natural beauty including endless trails and waterfalls as well as a bustling and historic downtown core.’

In addition to the new Canadian route, Norwegian operates several transatlantic flights from Dublin, Shannon and Cork to the USA. The flights connect travellers to popular destinations on the US east coast by serving New York’s Stewart International Airport and Providence, Rhode Island nearby Boston.

airBaltic launches new Dublin to Riga service

Dublin Airport has said that airBaltic will commence a four times weekly summer service to Riga.

The airline will operate the new service with an Airbus A220-300.

‘We are delighted to welcome airBaltic back to Dublin Airport re-establishing the connection between our two capital cities,’ said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison.

‘Riga is a beautiful city steeped in history and culture and its old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Not only can passengers now fly direct to Riga they can also connect there to a range of destinations such as Tallinn, Vilinius, Russia and the Middle East,’ he added.

Commenting on the new service, airBaltic Chief Executive Martin Gauss said, ‘Riga is a dynamic city and the key business centre of the Baltic states. We are excited to connect Dublin and Riga as it opens up connections not only to Latvia but also to our wider home region with Tallinn and Vilnius as well as many destinations in Scandinavia, the CIS and Middle East.’

Dublin Airport has flights to around 200 destinations in 43 countries, operated by 56 airlines. Last year the airport welcomed 31.5 million passengers, which was a six percent increase on the previous 12 months.

airBaltic serves over 70 destinations from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, offering connections via Riga to its network across Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS and the Middle East.

Loganair to offer new Carlisle Lake District route from Dublin

Dublin Airport has said that Loganair will operate a new service between Dublin and Carlisle Lake District Airport starting July.

The airline will operate its five times weekly service with a 33-seater Saab 340B aircraft from July 4. Tickets are now on sale for booking, the airport said.

‘The Lake District is a stunningly beautiful area in the UK and we are delighted to add it as a new destination to our route network,’ said Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison. ‘I have no doubt that this new route will be popular in both directions for Irish and British customers. We will work closely with Loganair to promote its new service.’

Loganair Commercial Director Kay Ryan, added, ‘There is huge demand for passengers in Ireland to visit Carlisle, which is home to major engineering, manufacturing and logistics industries and serves as a gateway to the Lake District, a UNESCO World Heritage site. We also anticipate strong interest from passengers in Carlisle and the Scottish Borderlands area who are eager to spend time in Ireland.’

Dublin Airport has recently been named one of the best airports in the world in a global ranking of passenger experience. Dublin Airport was the joint winner in its category of European Airports that have 25-40 million passengers per year in the Airports Council International (ACI) World Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards. Dublin shared its category win with Oslo Gardermoen and Zurich.

Dublin Airport’s US Pre Clearance facilities offer British passengers the opportunity to use Dublin as a gateway to America.

Dublin Airport has flights to almost 200 destinations in 43 countries, operated by 56 airlines. Last year Dublin Airport welcomed 31.5 million passengers, a six percent increase on 2017.

Hainan Airlines launches new direct service to Shenzhen from Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport has announced the launch of Hainan Airlines’ new year-round direct service to Shenzhen.

Known to be China’s tech hub, Shenzhen is described as ‘China’s most innovative city’ by Lonely Planet and ranked second in its Top 10 Cities to visit in 2019. The city is a about a 40-minute bullet train ride away from both Hong Kong and Guangzhou.

The airline will operate two flights per week between Dublin and Shenzhen. The service will be operated on Mondays and Fridays with a Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner with 289 seats.

‘We are delighted Hainan is expanding its network from Dublin by adding this second destination to China,’ said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison. ‘Shenzhen is a really exciting destination for both business and leisure travel,’ Mr Harrison added. ‘The new route will further increase trade, tourism and investment between Ireland and China and expand the growing number of Chinese visitors to Ireland.’

Hainan Airlines’ General Manager Ireland, Ryan Zhang said: ‘We are delighted to launch this second direct route between Dublin and China. We are proud that Hainan Airlines is playing a central role in forging greater friendship and cooperation between our two countries. We look forward to welcoming many Irish and Chinese guests on board our five-star Skytrax service.’

Shenzhen will be Dublin Airport’s second destination in mainland China, as Hainan already operates a Dublin-Beijing service. Last June, Hainan launched the service to Beijing via Edinburgh. On alternate days the service either operates direct between Dublin and Beijing or has a stopover in Edinburgh.

Hainan’s Shenzhen service is one of 20 new routes at Dublin Airport for this year. Dublin Airport has flights to nearly 200 destinations in 43 countries, operated by 56 airlines.

Flybe announces expansion to 2019 summer schedule from Cardiff

Flybe, the UK-based European regional airline, has said that it has expanded its 2019 Summer schedule from Cardiff Airport with the continuation of its three times a day service to Dublin, increasing flights to three in each direction on Fridays, effective from April 5, 2019.

The move will offer customers with a choice of up to 15 flights a week to the Irish capital. The extra flight will provide additional capacity on the busy route, and also offers more flexibility to business and leisure travellers looking for an earlier flight home for the week-end, or a later departure if heading off for a more leisurely city break.

The service will also provide enhanced opportunities for sports groups and those passengers connecting on to Flybe’s Aer Lingus codeshare services out of Dublin to Boston, Chicago, Hartford, Los Angeles, New York (JFK and Newark Liberty), Orlando, San Francisco, Toronto and Washington – and pre-clear US customs/immigration whilst in transit in Dublin.

With the expansion, the airline’s 2019 summer schedule features 15 routes in total offering a choice of up to 78 flights a week. The other highlights of Flybe’s 2019 Summer schedule from Cardiff include up to two flights a day to Paris Charles de Gaulle, multi frequency flights to Belfast City and up to three flights a day to Edinburgh from Monday to Friday, flights to key European destinations including Munich, Rome and Verona and an extension of Chambery and Geneva ski routes through to mid-April. In addition, Flybe franchise partner Eastern Airways will operate flights to Anglesey and Newcastle. The flights are all available for booking at www.flybe.com.

Roy Kinnear, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer commented: ‘Our 2019 Summer programme from Cardiff Airport offers a comprehensive range of travel options and we look forward to welcoming more passengers on board our additional Friday flights to and from Dublin.’

airBaltic, Ryanair announce new services from Dublin Airport for summer

Dublin Airport has said that airBaltic is planning to launch a new Dublin-Riga service for summer.

Starting March 31, the new service will operate four times per week to the Latvian capital. airBaltic serves over 70 destinations from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, offering connections to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS and the Middle East. Tickets for the new Riga service are available to book.

Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said, ‘This new service to Riga will further enhance the connectivity between Ireland and Latvia and is good news for passengers as it will offer additional choice and convenience.’

Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic added, ‘This route has had strong demand for years now and we are very happy that we can add flights between the two cities to our expanding route portfolio. airBaltic passengers now will have direct flights to Riga with the new Airbus A220-300 aircraft.’

Earlier in December, Ryanair announced plans to launch new services from Dublin Airport to the Croatian cities of Dubrovnik and Split in 2019.

The new services will operate twice weekly starting from June as part of Ryanair’s summer 2019 schedule. Ryanair will have 13 new services from Dublin Airport for summer to Bodrum, Bordeaux, Bournemouth, Caligari, Dubrovnik, Frankfurt, Gothenburg, Kyiv, London Southend, Lourdes, Luxembourg, Split and Thessaloniki, it said.

Currently, Dublin Airport operates flights to almost 190 destinations in 43 countries, operated by 56 airlines.

WestJet to expand services to Canada from Dublin

Canadian airline WestJet is planning to increase services between Atlantic Canada and Dublin Airport in summer 2019.

The airline will launch a new daily summer service from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Dublin from next April, but is discontinuing its existing summer service from St John’s, Newfoundland to Dublin.

The Halifax-Dublin service will operate from April 29, 2019 until October 25, 2019. Last month WestJet announced that it would operate a new three times weekly Calgary-Dublin service next summer.

Applauding the move, Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison, said ‘Canada has been a really strong market for Dublin Airport in recent years, with excellent business and leisure traffic, and this expansion will help it grow even further. Additional capacity will generate more tourism visitors for Ireland and further enhance the already strong business and trade links between Ireland and Canada.’

The expansion will increase WestJet’s capacity from Atlantic Canada to Ireland by 27 percent, as the new Halifax service will be operated by a new Boeing 737-MAX aircraft. The Halifax flights will be timed to optimise connections with WestJet’s services to central Canada and the Atlantic provinces.

Halifax will be one of six Canadian destinations served directly from Dublin Airport next summer; joining Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Hamilton, Ontario. Dublin Airport will also have direct services to 18 destinations in the United States next year as part of its largest ever transatlantic offering.

Dublin Airport has served nearly 27 million passengers in the first 10 months of the year, which is a 6% increase compared to the same period in 2017. More than 1.6 million additional passengers have travelled through the airport between January and October.

Dublin Airport announces 1.6 million extra seats, adds 14 new services this winter

Dublin Airport has recently said that it has introduced nearly 1.6 million extra seats across its route network for this winter season, a 12 percent increase in capacity compared to last year.

The airport also said that it will operate 14 new services at Dublin Airport for winter 2018. Four new services have been launched recently – with Laudamotion launching a service to Vienna, Aeroflot starting a new route to Moscow and Ryanair adding Frankfurt and Luxembourg to its route network from Dublin.

Further, 10 services which started during the summer season will also operate this winter schedule for the first time. Hainan Airlines will continue operating to Beijing, Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong, Icelandair to Reykjavik, Aer Lingus to Philadelphia and Seattle, and Ryanair continuing its services to Athens, Bari, Marrakesh, Santander and Paphos into the winter for the first time.

In addition, Norwegian will expand services to Stewart International in New York and Lufthansa has increased frequency on its Frankfurt route, the airport said.

‘This is set to be the busiest winter schedule ever at Dublin Airport offering significant additional choice for both business and leisure travellers. Whether you are looking for a city break, a winter sun destination or a trip further afield to the Asia Pacific region there are plenty of options to choose from,’ said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison.

‘We have been working closely with both existing and new airline customers to further strengthen our route network and provide greater choice and flexibility this winter,’ he added.

Dublin Airport added that the expansion of its route network will continue into next year as 16 new services have already been announced for 2019. ‘There is much to look forward to in 2019, with five long-haul destinations in North America to Calgary, Hamilton Toronto, Montreal, Minneapolis St. Paul and Dallas and 11 European short-haul routes planned for next year,’ according to Mr Harrison.

Dublin Airport has flights to almost 190 destinations in 43 countries, operated by 56 airlines. Passenger numbers have increased by 6% – 1.6 million – so far this year, with almost 27 million passengers using the airport between January and October, it said.

Dublin Airport announces new Vienna service by Laudamotion as traffic soars

Dublin Airport has announced that Laudamotion will launch a new service from Dublin to Vienna.

The Austrian airline will operate its year-round, daily service with an Airbus A320 aircraft. Laudamotion is an Austrian low-cost carrier focussing on European city shuttle routes from Vienna, and is part owned by former Formula 1 racing driver Niki Lauda.

Vincent Harrison, Managing Director of Dublin Airport, said, ‘Laudamotion is Dublin Airport’s fifth new airline customer this year and we are delighted to welcome it to Dublin and Ireland. Vienna is a beautiful city that is rich in culture and history and I have no doubt it will be a very popular destination. We wish Laudamotion every success with its new route and we will work closely with its management team to promote this new service.’

Laudamotion’s Managing Director Andreas Gruber said, ‘Laudamotion’s new route between Dublin and Vienna will increase the connectivity between the Ireland and the Austrian capital significantly. The new connection supports the economy as well as offers the opportunity to visit Vienna for reasonable prices. We offer our passengers a customer-oriented tariff concept with an unbeatable price-performance ratio and we are very happy to offer our flights from now on also from Dublin.’

In September 2018, more than 2.9 million passengers passed through Dublin Airport, a seven percent increase on last year, one of the busiest Septembers in the airport’s 78-year history. During the month, passengers travelling to and from continental Europe increased by eight percent as almost 1.6 million passengers travelled to and from European destinations. Nearly 821,000 passengers travelled to and from UK destinations in September, which was a one percent increase over the same period last year. Transatlantic traffic to North America increased by 13 percent in September, as almost 426,000 passengers travelled on this route sector last month.

Meanwhile, the number of passengers in domestic flights has increased by 24 percent, with more than 9,300 people travelling on domestic routes last month.

Dublin Airport has flights to almost 190 destinations in 43 countries, operated by 56 airlines.