Ryanair to operate minimum flights from Dublin and UK to serve emergency needs

As the health and safety concerns due to the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19 continue, Ryanair has announced that it will operate minimum services from the UK and Ireland to meet emergency needs in the coming weeks.

According to a release by Michael O’Leary, Ryanair Group CEO, the Ireland based airline is working to provide repatriation and rescue flights for many EU Governments including the UK. The airline is also offering its aircraft for emergency medical flights, including to/from China.

As most EU countries have imposed flight bans or other restrictions, over 90% of Ryanair’s aircraft will be grounded for the coming weeks. However, the airline will be working with EU Governments to keep some minimum flight links open for emergency reasons, though the passenger loads on these flights will be very low.

For the next week from Friday March 27 to Thursday April 2, Ryanair will operate daily or weekly flights to and from Dublin to London Stansted, London Gatwick, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester and from Cork to London Stansted. From the UK, Ryanair will operate the return services to Dublin from London Stansted, London Gatwick, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester. In addition, the airline will operate services from London Stansted to Eindhoven, Lisbon, Cork, Berlin and Budapest. More information on the flight details at www.ryanair.com.

‘All these aircraft are disinfected daily. With low loads and no trolley service, social distancing will be optimised on-board, and we ask all passengers to cooperate fully with our crews who are doing their best in difficult times to maintain vital links to/from Ireland and to/from the UK to facilitate our passengers and their families to deal with emergencies that may require urgent travel over the coming days and weeks,’ O’Leary said.

‘Ryanair apologises sincerely for the unprecedented grounding of our aircraft fleet, and any schedule disruptions this may have caused, but we must all work together with EU Governments to minimise the impact of Covid-19 on our citizens and our health services,’ he added.

United Airlines to start year-round Dublin-San Francisco service

United Airlines has announced that it will start operating a new, year-round, daily nonstop service between Dublin Airport and its hub at San Francisco from next summer.

The new daily service will depart Dublin at 11.50 arriving in San Francisco at 14.20. The return flight will depart San Francisco at 15.55 and arrive in Dublin Airport at 9.45 the following day. The airline will operate its new route with a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, starting June 6, 2020.

Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said, ‘United is a valued customer serving Dublin Airport for more than two decades and we are particularly delighted to see it adding a fourth destination to its route network next summer.’

‘San Francisco is the global tech centre of the world and many of the companies based there have offices in Ireland. This new route will further grow tourism and trade between Ireland and the US and provide greater choice and flexibility for both business and leisure passengers. We will work closely with United’s management team to ensure this new service is a success in both directions.’

‘Dublin and Silicon Valley are two regions synonymous with big tech,’ said United’s Vice President of International Network Patrick Quayle. ‘Many global tech companies have a major footprint in both regions, and they need a carrier with an extensive worldwide network to help conveniently connect their business. As the only US airline to serve Ireland from the West Coast, United is uniquely suited to provide the connectivity these companies and economies need to continue thriving.’

From Dublin, United Airlines also operates services to Chicago, Newark, and Washington D.C. Currently, Dublin Airport has flights to 190 destinations in 42 countries operated by 50 airlines.

Aer Lingus launches direct Dublin-Minneapolis route

Dublin Airport has announced the introduction of a new direct service to Minneapolis-St. Paul in Minnesota.

The new Dublin-Minneapolis route will be operated by Aer Lingus using a Boeing 757 aircraft. The new route will initially operate six times weekly, increasing to a daily, year-round service from this August.

Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said, ‘This is Aer Lingus’ 14th transatlantic route from Dublin Airport and its 11th new transatlantic route in the past five years.

‘We have been working closely with Aer Lingus since 2014 to grow its North American business and build a substantial transfer business. The new route offers customers significant onward connections in both directions.’

Aer Lingus’ Chief Executive Stephen Doyle, added: ‘We are delighted to commence Ireland’s first and only direct service to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota State. The Minneapolis-St. Paul region holds great promise for Aer Lingus particularly in terms of the connections we can offer to UK and European guests as well as those travelling from North America and onwards to Europe.’

Passengers travelling to Minneapolis-St. Paul on the Aer Lingus’ service can make use of the US Pre Clearance facilities at Dublin Airport, as they will be able to arrive in the US by completing all the necessary immigration and customs checks prior to departure.

This new route means that Dublin Airport now has nine airlines flying 464 flights per week to and from 18 destinations in the US and six destinations in Canada, which equates to an average of 66 flights daily to and from North America.

Dublin Airport has flights to nearly 200 destinations in 43 countries, operated by 53 airlines. So far this year, more than 12.3 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport, a seven percent increase compared to the first five months of last year. An additional 764,000 passengers travelled through Dublin Airport between January and May.

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.