Dublin Airport set for 21 new services and nearly two million extra seats this summer
Dublin Airport will have almost two million extra seats available this summer, an 11pc increase in capacity over the same period last year.
A total of 21 new routes/services – 16 short-haul routes to continental Europe and five new long-haul routes to Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, Addis Ababa and Halifax, Nova Scotia – are due to begin in the coming weeks.
According to Dublin Airport managing director, Vincent Harrison, this summer is set to be the busiest yet since passenger numbers reached their peak in 2008.
“We are particularly pleased that Dublin will have a direct connection to sub Saharan Africa this summer, making it easier for our customers to access three continents – Africa, Europe and North America – with Ethiopian Airline’s new Addis Ababa-Dublin-Los Angeles route, as well as direct services to Europe, the Middle East and North America,” he said.
“Significant increases in seat capacity and frequency on 25 existing routes will give our customers greater flexibility and more options whether they are travelling for business or leisure purposes during this summer season.
“This is a significant year for Dublin Airport, as we celebrate 75 years connecting Ireland to the world,” Harrison said. “This year, passengers can choose from 167 scheduled destinations from Dublin Airport to15 destinations in North America, 25 cities in the UK, 122 destinations in Continental Europe, 3 African destinations, and 2 destinations in the Middle East.”
The number of additional seats to and from North America is up 18pc, with an extra 300,000 seats this year.
Capacity on European routes is set to increase by 9pc, with almost 800,000 additional seats available this summer.