Dublin Airport has announced the addition of 4 new airlines and a total of 14 new services for summer 2018, offering holidaymakers more choice and flexibility.
The four new airlines joining Dublin’s list of airlines include Cathay Pacific, Croatia Airlines, Hainan Airlines and Icelandair. For summer 2018, over 1.7 million extra seats have been added across the airport’s route network, representing an eight percent increase in capacity when compared to last summer. In total, Dublin Airport will have flights to 195 destinations in 42 countries, operated by 56 airlines.
In addition, new services comprising five long-haul and nine short-haul destinations are being added to Dublin Airport’s flight schedule for this summer. Of the five new long-haul routes, Aer Lingus has already started services to Philadelphia and the airline will launch its Seattle route in May. Air Canada will launch its new summer service to Montreal in June, while Cathay Pacific will fly direct to Hong Kong and Hainan Airlines will commence a new direct service to Beijing.
Dublin Airport offers nine new continental European services to choose from this summer. Ryanair has started new services to Marrakesh and Paphos and the airline will add Dalaman, Frankfurt and Luxembourg to its route network later this year. Icelandair will commence a new service to Reykjavik, British Airways will fly to Manchester, Croatia Airlines will launch services to Zagreb and Loganair will operate flights to Carlisle Airport in the Lake District.
Commenting on the move, Dublin Airport managing director, Vincent Harrison, said: ‘We are continuously working with existing and new airline customers to provide more choice for consumers and to add new destinations to our route network. We are particularly looking forward to welcoming our new services into the Asia Pacific region when direct services to Hong Kong and Beijing start in June.’
During peak summer months, the airport will see 10 airlines flying 446 flights per week to and from 16 destinations in the US and four destinations in Canada – an average of 64 flights daily to and from North America. The number of seats to and from North America will increase by 14 percent, with an extra 391,000 seats this year. The capacity on existing European routes will also increase by 8 percent with an extra one million additional seats this summer, the airport said.
More than six million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport in the first quarter of this year, representing a 4 percent increase compared to the same period last year, it added.