Dublin airport to add 23 new routes and 4 airlines

The airport is looking towards the busiest summer in its 79 years of history

Dublin airport is about to introduce 23 new routes and welcome four new airlines in the upcoming weeks. These additions will create 1.3 million extra seats in the airport’s route network. Compared to the summer last year, this is an increase of six per cent in capacity.

Six of the new routes will be long-haul while two of them have already been launched.

Hainan Airlines has started flying to Shenzhen and Norwegian to Hamilton Toronto. WestJet is kicking off a service to Halifax in Nova Scotia in April and one to Calgary in June. The month of June will see another new service by American Airlines to Dallas-Fort Worth. Aer Lingus will launch a long haul to Minneapolis-St. Paul in July.

The four new airlines cooperating with the Dublin are airBaltic, Great Dane Airlines, SunExpress and TAP Air Portugal.

Dublin will have 17 new short-haul routes

The total capacity of short-haul flights will increase by six per cent this summer. The 17 new routes include Ryanair’s operation to Bordeaux, Bodrum, Bournemouth, Cagliari, Dubrovnik, Gothenburg, Kyiv, London-Southend, Lourdes, Milan/Malpensa, Thessaloniki, and Split.

airBaltic has recently introduced a connection to Riga, Latvia. TAP Air Portugal will fly to Lisbon, SunExpress to Izmir, Great Dane Airlines to Aalborg in Denmark, and, lastly, Loganair will fly to Carlisle in the UK.

“We have a fantastic range of new destinations for passengers to choose from this summer connecting Dublin Airport to even more locations across Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region.

“Additional capacity and frequency have also been added on over 70 existing routes giving our customers much greater choice, flexibility and more options, whether they are travelling for business or leisure purposes this summer season,” said Vincent Harrison, Dublin airport’s managing director.

 

Dublin's modern airport — Remizov / Shutterstock
Dublin’s modern airport — Remizov / Shutterstock

Dublin airport operates flights to almost 200 destinations and 43 countries. It is the 11th busiest airport in the European Union. In 2018, the airport welcomed 31.5 million passengers.

Recently, the Airports Council International named Dublin airport the joint best airport in Europe in its size category. Alongside Oslo Gardermoen and Zurich airports, each of these airports achieved the joint highest customer service score among European airports with 25–40 million passengers a year.