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The launch of the new Aer Lingus services comes at a time of significant growth in transatlantic traffic at Dublin Airport. Passenger numbers on transatlantic services to and from Dublin are up more than 10% so far this year.
DAA Chief Executive Kevin Toland said "The resumption of flights to the west coast of the United States means Dublin will have direct services to 12 cities in North America next year. Three of those cities will be served by more than one carrier with three airlines operating routes to New York’s JFK airport and to Toronto, and two airlines offering Dublin-Chicago services.
The West Coast of the United States has been one of the key long-haul targets for Dublin Airport’s aviation marketing team and we have been working closely with Aer Lingus and other stakeholders to help deliver this new route."
The ability to pre-clear US customs and immigration at Dublin prior to departure is helping drive transatlantic growth at Dublin Airport. Dublin Airport is the only capital city airport in Europe to offer this pre-clearance facility to passengers.
This summer, Dublin Airport will have 224 flights to and from Dublin and North America per week, which is more than either Gatwick or Manchester airports.
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