American Airlines to launch new Dallas route from Dublin Airport in June 2019

Dublin Airport has said that American Airlines will operate a new Dublin-Dallas Fort Worth summer service, starting from June 2019.

The new summer service will begin on June 6 and will run until September 28, 2019. The flight will depart Dallas at 20.35, arriving in Dublin at 11.40 the following day. The return flight will depart Dublin at 13.40, arriving in Dallas at 17.45.

The daily service will be Ireland’s first direct flight to Dallas, American’s largest hub for connecting traffic. It will improve connectivity from Ireland to Texas and also to a large number of onward destinations in the United States and Latin America. American Airlines will operate its new daily Dallas service with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in a 285-seat three-class configuration, with 30 seats in Business, 21 in Premium Economy, and 234 seats in Economy.

‘Dallas is an excellent addition to the existing route network from Dublin Airport and we’re delighted that American Airlines will be serving this market with a daily summer service from next year,’ said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison. ‘This new route will further grow tourism and trade between Ireland and the US, and we look forward to working closely with American to promote the new service on both sides of the Atlantic,’ Mr Harrison added.

‘Connecting Dublin with Dallas Fort Worth provides Irish travellers with direct access to the largest hub of American, the world’s largest airline,’ said Vasu Raja, American’s Vice President, Network and Schedule Planning. ‘This is the first time Ireland and Texas have been connected with a direct flight and the new service will meet the increased demand for travel between both markets. From Dallas, Irish travellers can connect onto top onward destinations including Hawaii, Las Vegas, Cancun, Los Angeles and New Orleans.’

Dublin Airport’s 17th US destination, Dallas will be the first city in the South Central region of the United States to have a direct service to Ireland.

Dublin Airport is the sixth largest airport in Europe for transatlantic flights. For summer 2018, 10 airlines are operating a total of 446 flights per week to and from Dublin Airport to 20 North American destinations, which is an average of 64 transatlantic flights daily, the airport said.

Gatwick Airport to introduce UK’s first flight to Chongqing from June

Gatwick Airport has announced the launch of the UK’s first ever direct flights to Chongqing – one of world’s leading urban centres and a major manufacturing and transportation hub in southwest China.

The twice weekly, year round flights will then continue to China’s fourth largest city, Tianjin, Gatwick said. The move comes as the latest figures from VisitBritain showed that tourist numbers to the UK from China were up 37 percent in the first nine months of 2015.

Starting from June 25, Chinese carrier Tianjin Airlines will operate an Airbus A330 on the new Gatwick-Chongqing-Tianjin route – the airline’s first long haul flights outside Asia, strengthening its existing network serving over a 100 cities across China. The new Gatwick route will depart from the airport every Wednesday and Saturday evening at 22:25.

Guy Stephenson, Gatwick’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: ‘By flying into two of China’s most important economic centres, Gatwick is providing vital direct connections for UK business people into some of the most exciting growth markets on the planet.

‘Tourists from both the UK and China will also benefit, as will non-exporting businesses located in the UK as Chinese visitors are some of the highest spenders. The number of tourists from China also grew almost 40% last year alone and these numbers are only going to rise.

‘The two new Chinese destinations compliment Gatwick’s growing long haul network which now boasts over 50 destinations on four continents.’

Patricia Yates, VisitBritain and VisitEngland Director, said: ‘China is the world’s largest outbound market and a huge tourism opportunity for Britain. We have ambitions to double the spend from Chinese visitors to GBP1 billion by 2020 and making it easier for them to get here is obviously a really important step in increasing our competitive tourism offer to this rapidly growing market.’

While Chongqing is well connected to the rest of China, Tianjin is located in northeast China and is the major gateway port serving the capital Beijing. It is also home to a Special Economic Zone. Both cities are currently not flown to from the UK.

To serve the new Gatwick-Chongqing-Tianjin route, Tianjin Airlines will operate an A330 aircraft designed to carry 260-passengers with 18 business class seats and 242 economy class seats, Gatwick Airport said in a release.

Citywing announces additional flights to Glasgow, to resume Blackpool service

Citywing, an Isle of Man-based company that sells seats on scheduled air flights operated under charter from Van Air Europe, has announced a further increase on its flights between the Isle of Man and Glasgow for summer 2015.

Starting May 01, 2015, Citywing will provide the Island’s community with a regular and frequent direct service with 11 return flights a week. The fares start from £49.95 each way, including all taxes and charges.

With its range of tourist attractions, Glasgow is seen as a fine getaway city break, whether it is shopping, visiting a museum, the annual jazz festival or relaxing in bars and restaurants. Glasgow International Airport also offers travellers an alternative hub to connect to onward worldwide destinations.

David Buck, managing director at Citywing, said: ‘We are delighted to be able to increase our services to Glasgow this summer and believe we have covered all the bases with the changes in our scheduling. Our business passengers can now take advantage of a day return whilst the leisure traveller can enjoy short breaks off the Island with weekend travel now being more available.’

Paul White, business development manager at Glasgow Airport, said: ‘We were delighted when Citywing decided to reinstate this important business and tourism link in 2014.

We wish Citywing continued success with this route, which offers the only direct route between Scotland and the Isle of Man, and look forward to working closely with the airline to ensure its continued success at Glasgow Airport.’

Separately Citywing is expecting its services to Blackpool to resume on April 1, according to an online report by IOM Today.

‘We are endeavouring to have operations up and running by April 1. Negotiations are ongoing,’ Buck reportedly said. However, according to Ronaldsway Airport director Ann Reynolds, security aspects still needed to be resolved, as Blackpool Airport does not have a full commercial licence yet, and with the same security protocols that it once had.

Citywing has been taking online bookings on the route; and if the service fails to resume passengers would be offered a refund or alternative flights.


Hawaiian Airlines preparing to fly to New Zealand

Hawaiian Airlines has said that it is planning to launch a direct flight to New Zealand.

The company said that it is intending to launch a new non-stop service between Auckland in New Zealand and its Honolulu hub. When the plan is implemented, the company will become the only US carrier to fly directly into New Zealand. The decision to introduce the new route came after research, which indicated that customer numbers from New Zealand had dwindled after 1999, the year when non-stop flights between the two destinations were reduced.

The carrier’s CEO, Mark Dunkerley, said, ‘New Zealanders are avid travellers and we believe the introduction of new non-stop flights with our winning brand of service will be welcomed in meeting pent-up demand for a Hawaii vacation. At the same time, our new service will offer Hawaii residents easy access to the natural wonders and Maori culture of New Zealand.’

The company is planning to launch the new service on March 13 next year. Flights that connect Auckland to Honolulu will be operating three times a week on a 264-seat Boeing 767-300ER jet. The aircraft will be able to accommodate 18 business-class customers and 246 economy class customers. The itinerary will also allow connecting opportunities from several of Hawaii’s mainland destinations.

Hawaiian Airlines has been growing aggressively in recent times and has added several new international destinations during the past few years. Recently, it launched a flight service to Brisbane, Australia, the second Australian location to be serviced by the company.