Thursday, 13 June 2013

Dublin Airport reports strong growth in North American traffic


Welcoming the launch of the new American Airlines daily year-round service between Dublin and New York JFK the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) stated the North American market is growing strongly serving 11 destinations with 224 weekly flights to and from North America this summer.

Transatlantic travel is growing strongly at Dublin Airport this year, as already more than 600,000 passengers have travelled between Dublin and North America, which is an 11% increase on last year.

The number of seats on North American routes is up 27% this summer, which is equivalent to 270,000 extra seats.

In 2012, Dublin Airport welcomed more than 1.6 million Transatlantic passengers, which was a 5% increase on the previous 12 months.

DAA Deputy CEO Mr Oliver Cussen said Dublin Airport was seeing growth in both business and leisure traffic on Transatlantic routes stating "There’s clearly an increase in premium travel on North American routes and we’re also seeing growth in US tourists coming into Ireland, as The Gathering, which is supported by DAA, is generating coverage and interest in Ireland throughout America.

This summer, during the peak season, we will have 224 flights to and from Dublin and North America per week. We are constantly talking to new and existing customers about the potential for new long-haul routes from Dublin Airport and we expect to have news of further long-haul expansion over the coming months."

Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons said "The United States is a tremendously important tourism market. The most recent figures from the CSO show a very positive start to 2013, with an increase in visitor numbers  from North America +16% for the period February to April. This is an exiciting year for Tourism, with The Gathering having much caught the imagination of American Travellers-particularly those with Irish hertiage. We believe that we are on course to achieve our best ever year from this market in 2013, we hope to welcome over 1 million American visitors, spending about $1 Billion."

The ability to pre-clear US customs and immigration at Dublin prior to departure is a convenient facility for passengers and a major selling point for Dublin Airport, as it a smoother arrival in the US and much easier onward connections.

North America carriers operate from both Dublin Airport Terminal 1 and 2. Air Canada and Air Transat operate from Terminal 1 and Aer Lingus, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, US Airways and United Airlines from Terminal 2.

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IAA says May Traffic improving at Irish Airports


The Irish Aviation Authority announced Commercial terminal traffic in May increased by 2.1% at the three State airports of Cork, Dublin Shannon when compared to May 2012 and on a cumulative basis, commercial terminal traffic at the three airports for January to May was up 0.7%  compared to the same period in 2012.

The May 2013 figures for the three State airports, when compared to the same month in the previous year are:

Cork Airport: + 5.4%  with an average of 61 commercial daily movements.

Dublin Airport: + 4.2% , with an average of 477 commercial daily movements.

Shannon Airport: -6.3%, with an average of 54 commercial daily movements.

The IAA’s traffic figures for May 2013 indicate that total flights in Irish airspace have decreased by 0.2% when compared to May 2012. There was a decrease of 0.7% in Ireland’s en-route traffic movements (flights that pass through Irish airspace but do not land) during May 2013, in comparison to May 2012.

North Atlantic Communications flights (Europe /North America) saw an increase of 1.4% in May 2013, when compared to May 2012.

Further positive indicators for growth in traffic at Irish airports can be seen in data from Eurocontrol for May 2013 which shows that eight of Ireland’s top ten ‘Airport Pairs’ showed growth (or neutral growth), when compared to May 2012.

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American Airlines inaugurates Dublin New York JFK service


American Airlines this morning inaugurated its new daily year-round service between Dublin Airport and its New York JFK hub operated by a two class Boeing 757-200 in addition to the existing Chicago to Dublin service. The first flight was operated by N175AN Boeing 757-223/WL c/n 32394.

The new service is operated as part of American's joint business agreement with fellow oneworld® members British Airways and Iberia, connecting travelers to more than 125 cities throughout Europe. The new route provides American's customers access to countless destinations worldwide through nonstop service from Dublin on British Airways and Iberia to the carriers' respective hubs in London and Madrid.

American Airlines Vice President – New York and International Tim Ahern said "Thanks to our joint business with British Airways and Iberia, this new service connects American's customers to a wealth of travel options throughout Europe. Adding this route enhances our expanding global network out of JFK and further establishes American's commitment to providing our customers in New York seamless, one-stop connections to major business and leisure destinations in Europe."


AAL290 Departs New York JFK 1855 arrives Dublin 0655
AAL291 Departs Dublin Airport 0900 arrives New York JFK 1130

American Airlines a member of the Oneworld Alliance operates from Dublin Airport Terminal 2 has been serving Dublin Airport since 2005.

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