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.

WestJet to expand services to Canada from Dublin

Canadian airline WestJet is planning to increase services between Atlantic Canada and Dublin Airport in summer 2019.

The airline will launch a new daily summer service from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Dublin from next April, but is discontinuing its existing summer service from St John’s, Newfoundland to Dublin.

The Halifax-Dublin service will operate from April 29, 2019 until October 25, 2019. Last month WestJet announced that it would operate a new three times weekly Calgary-Dublin service next summer.

Applauding the move, Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison, said ‘Canada has been a really strong market for Dublin Airport in recent years, with excellent business and leisure traffic, and this expansion will help it grow even further. Additional capacity will generate more tourism visitors for Ireland and further enhance the already strong business and trade links between Ireland and Canada.’

The expansion will increase WestJet’s capacity from Atlantic Canada to Ireland by 27 percent, as the new Halifax service will be operated by a new Boeing 737-MAX aircraft. The Halifax flights will be timed to optimise connections with WestJet’s services to central Canada and the Atlantic provinces.

Halifax will be one of six Canadian destinations served directly from Dublin Airport next summer; joining Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Hamilton, Ontario. Dublin Airport will also have direct services to 18 destinations in the United States next year as part of its largest ever transatlantic offering.

Dublin Airport has served nearly 27 million passengers in the first 10 months of the year, which is a 6% increase compared to the same period in 2017. More than 1.6 million additional passengers have travelled through the airport between January and October.

Dublin Airport announces 1.6 million extra seats, adds 14 new services this winter

Dublin Airport has recently said that it has introduced nearly 1.6 million extra seats across its route network for this winter season, a 12 percent increase in capacity compared to last year.

The airport also said that it will operate 14 new services at Dublin Airport for winter 2018. Four new services have been launched recently – with Laudamotion launching a service to Vienna, Aeroflot starting a new route to Moscow and Ryanair adding Frankfurt and Luxembourg to its route network from Dublin.

Further, 10 services which started during the summer season will also operate this winter schedule for the first time. Hainan Airlines will continue operating to Beijing, Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong, Icelandair to Reykjavik, Aer Lingus to Philadelphia and Seattle, and Ryanair continuing its services to Athens, Bari, Marrakesh, Santander and Paphos into the winter for the first time.

In addition, Norwegian will expand services to Stewart International in New York and Lufthansa has increased frequency on its Frankfurt route, the airport said.

‘This is set to be the busiest winter schedule ever at Dublin Airport offering significant additional choice for both business and leisure travellers. Whether you are looking for a city break, a winter sun destination or a trip further afield to the Asia Pacific region there are plenty of options to choose from,’ said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison.

‘We have been working closely with both existing and new airline customers to further strengthen our route network and provide greater choice and flexibility this winter,’ he added.

Dublin Airport added that the expansion of its route network will continue into next year as 16 new services have already been announced for 2019. ‘There is much to look forward to in 2019, with five long-haul destinations in North America to Calgary, Hamilton Toronto, Montreal, Minneapolis St. Paul and Dallas and 11 European short-haul routes planned for next year,’ according to Mr Harrison.

Dublin Airport has flights to almost 190 destinations in 43 countries, operated by 56 airlines. Passenger numbers have increased by 6% – 1.6 million – so far this year, with almost 27 million passengers using the airport between January and October, it said.

Dublin Airport announces new Vienna service by Laudamotion as traffic soars

Dublin Airport has announced that Laudamotion will launch a new service from Dublin to Vienna.

The Austrian airline will operate its year-round, daily service with an Airbus A320 aircraft. Laudamotion is an Austrian low-cost carrier focussing on European city shuttle routes from Vienna, and is part owned by former Formula 1 racing driver Niki Lauda.

Vincent Harrison, Managing Director of Dublin Airport, said, ‘Laudamotion is Dublin Airport’s fifth new airline customer this year and we are delighted to welcome it to Dublin and Ireland. Vienna is a beautiful city that is rich in culture and history and I have no doubt it will be a very popular destination. We wish Laudamotion every success with its new route and we will work closely with its management team to promote this new service.’

Laudamotion’s Managing Director Andreas Gruber said, ‘Laudamotion’s new route between Dublin and Vienna will increase the connectivity between the Ireland and the Austrian capital significantly. The new connection supports the economy as well as offers the opportunity to visit Vienna for reasonable prices. We offer our passengers a customer-oriented tariff concept with an unbeatable price-performance ratio and we are very happy to offer our flights from now on also from Dublin.’

In September 2018, more than 2.9 million passengers passed through Dublin Airport, a seven percent increase on last year, one of the busiest Septembers in the airport’s 78-year history. During the month, passengers travelling to and from continental Europe increased by eight percent as almost 1.6 million passengers travelled to and from European destinations. Nearly 821,000 passengers travelled to and from UK destinations in September, which was a one percent increase over the same period last year. Transatlantic traffic to North America increased by 13 percent in September, as almost 426,000 passengers travelled on this route sector last month.

Meanwhile, the number of passengers in domestic flights has increased by 24 percent, with more than 9,300 people travelling on domestic routes last month.

Dublin Airport has flights to almost 190 destinations in 43 countries, operated by 56 airlines.

Dublin Airport announces double daily Dublin-Lisbon service by TAP

Portuguese airline TAP is set to launch a new double daily service between Dublin and Lisbon from next summer, offering additional choice for passengers travelling between Dublin and Lisbon.

One of Europe’s most popular city break destinations, Lisbon offers 290 days of sunshine per year and a cool nightlife. Dublin-Lisbon is an established route for Dublin Airport with about 276,000 passengers taking flights between the two capital cities in the 12 months ended June 30, 2018.

TAP will operate two flights per day from Dublin to Lisbon starting on April 1, 2019. The new route will also offer convenient onward connectivity to South America and other locations via TAP’s global network.

‘We’re delighted to welcome TAP back to Dublin Airport after an absence of more than a decade,’ said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison. ‘We look forward to working closely with TAP to promote this new service,’ he added.

According to TAP Chief Executive, Antonoaldo Neves, the new Dublin service is ‘another step in the path of strong strategic growth that the company has been going through in recent years and will continue to develop.’

The new route will be operated by either an Airbus 319 aircraft with 144 seats or an Airbus 320 with capacity for up to 144 passengers. The morning flight is due to depart Dublin at 10.35 arriving in Lisbon at 13.15. The afternoon service is due to depart Dublin at 17.30 arriving in Lisbon at 20.10. All times are local.

TAP’s new service to Lisbon is the fourth new route to be announced for Dublin Airport for 2019. American Airlines earlier announced a new Dallas service, while Norwegian will add Hamilton Ontario to its network from Dublin and Ryanair will have a new double daily service to London Southend Airport, the airport said.

More than 18 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport so far in 2018, a six percent increase over the same period last year.

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.

Ryanair announces new London Stansted – Dole route; launches Dublin-Dalaman service

To celebrate the new route, Ryanair has released seats on the new London Stansted-Dole route, available to book with fares starting from £19.99 for travel until October 2018. The fares are available for booking until midnight Saturday, June 30, it said. Ryanair’s London Stansted Winter 2018 schedule includes 124 routes in total, with three other new routes to Belfast, Edinburgh and Nantes.

Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said, ‘Ryanair is pleased to announce a new London Stansted to Dole route commencing in December 2018, which will operate once weekly as part of our Winter 2018 schedule. Customers can now book their trip to Dole as far out as March 2019 getting to the slopes on the lowest fares this winter.’

London Stansted’s Mark Davison said: ‘It’s great news that Ryanair is adding another new service to its extensive route network already available from London Stansted. Dole is an exciting new destination which I’m sure will prove to be very popular with passengers looking for even more choice when heading off to France.’

In addition, Ryanair also announced the launch of its new weekly Dublin service to Dalaman, Turkey. With the new destination, Ryanair’s Dublin summer 2018 schedule offers 90 routes in total, including five other new routes to Marrakesh, Munich, Naples, Stuttgart and Paphos.

In launching the new Dalaman route and the summer 2018 season, Ryanair has released seats for sale from Dublin available for travel until the end of October. Dublin Airport’s Siobhan O’Donnell commented, ‘Ryanair operates to 90 destinations from Dublin Airport and we are delighted to see its route network go from strength to strength with the addition of Dalaman. Turkey is a hugely popular destination for Irish people, so we have no doubt this new route will be a great success.’

Hainan Airlines commences first direct flight from Dublin to Beijing

China-headquartered Hainan Airlines has commenced its first ever direct route to mainland China from Dublin Airport.

The new service comes after nearly 120,000 passengers travelled between Ireland and mainland China last year, with about a quarter of them travelling between Dublin and Beijing. Hainan will operate the year-round Dublin to Beijing direct service using an Airbus A330 aircraft on Tuesdays and Saturdays and via Edinburgh on Thursdays and Sundays.

Commenting on the new Dublin to Beijing service, Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said, ‘We are delighted to welcome Hainan Airlines to Dublin Airport and to Ireland. We have worked really hard to bring this direct route to Ireland and today is the result of many years of dialogue. I would like to thank a wide range of other bodies such as Irish Embassy in China, our colleagues at Tourism Ireland and other key stakeholders such as IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and Bord Bia, all of whom helped to get us to the launch here today.

‘Trade between Ireland and China is hugely important for our economy and it is currently estimated to be worth more than EUR14.9 billion per year. The new direct route will greatly facilitate Irish firms and exporters with operations and clients in China, as well as China’s financial services and technology companies investing in Ireland. Ireland is also home to more than 5,000 Chinese students attending Irish educational institutions. This new direct service makes travelling between the capital cities of Ireland and China much easier and I have no doubt it will be popular for both business and leisure travellers. We will work closely with Hainan Airlines to market the new route.’

Hainan Airlines Chairman Bao Quifa added, ‘We are delighted to launch this first ever direct route between Dublin and Beijing and we are very proud that Hainan Airlines will play 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.’

The direct Beijing-Dublin flights will operate on Thursdays and Sundays. Flights will depart Beijing at 01:30, arriving in Dublin at 06:00. The direct Dublin-Beijing service will operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays and will depart Dublin Airport at 11:10, arriving in Beijing at 05:00 the next day.

The Beijing-Edinburgh-Dublin service will operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Flights will depart Beijing at 01:30, arriving in Dublin at 09:10 via Edinburgh. The Dublin-Edinburgh-Beijing service will operate on Thursdays and Sundays, departing at 08:00 and arriving in Beijing via Edinburgh at 05:00 the next day, Dublin Airport said.

Laudamotion launches new Dublin-Vienna service for winter 2018

Dublin Airport has said that Austrian airline Laudamotion is planning to launch a new direct service from Dublin to Vienna for winter this year.

The Austrian airline will operate the new service from October 28, 2018 using an Airbus A320 aircraft. Laudamotion is an Austrian low-cost carrier focussing on European city shuttle routes from Vienna, and is part owned by former Formula 1 racing driver Niki Lauda.

‘Laudamotion will be our fifth new airline customer to Dublin Airport this year and we look forward to welcoming its new service,’ said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison. ‘Vienna is a beautiful city filled with culture and history and I have no doubt it will be a popular destination. We will work closely with Laudamotion to promote the new service,’ he added.

Commenting on its new route announcement, Laudamotion chief executive, Niki Lauda said, ‘We are offering price-conscious customers exactly what they want with our city shuttle routes. I am certain that the interest will be high with our attractive fares on our new Dublin to Vienna service.’

Earlier this year Ryanair agreed to buy an initial 24.9 percent in Laudamotion, and this will rise to a 75 percent stake, subject to EU regulatory approval.

This summer season Dublin Airport will serve 195 destinations in 42 countries, operated by 56 airlines. More than 8.7 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport in the first quarter of this year, a four percent increase compared to the same period last year, the airport said.

The airport also said that Irish retailer Avoca has opened its first ever travel retail store at Dublin Airport’s Terminal 2. Set up through a partnership between The Loop at Dublin Airport and Avoca, the new store will deliver Irish retail offerings to passengers. It aims to replicate core elements of the Avoca brand experience at Dublin Airport, while introducing a selection of Irish-made products including ceramics, throws, craft fashion and a selection of food items.