Saturday, 11 May 2019

Dublin Airport connecting traffic grows to 2.1 million passengers

DAA's 2018 annual report revealed the number of connecting passengers at Dublin Airport increased by 18% to 2.1 million, as the airport continues to expand its role as a major gateway between Europe and North America.

To cater for increasing increasing numbers last the airport opened a new €16 million facility built adjacent to Pier 4 close to Terminal 2 enabling a fold increase in connecting passengers. The number of passengers transferring at Dublin Airport has increased from 550,000 in 2013 to 2.1 million in 2018.

Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said "Dublin Airport has many advantages as a gateway between Europe and North America for transferring passengers. Our location is perfect, we have strong transatlantic, short-haul and Middle Eastern connectivity and US preclearance provides passengers travelling to the United States with a wonderful product that allows them to arrive as domestic passengers in the States."

The Dublin Airport hub model is critically important for the airport and carriers as additional transfer passengers underpin the viability of existing routes and increase capacity and encourage new market entrants.

The spikes into #Dubhub will increase this year as six new routes are added to Calgary, Dallas-Forth Worth, Halifax, Minneapolis-St Paul Shenzhen and Toronto-Hamilton and 17 new short-haul routes to Aalborg, Bordeaux, Bodrum, Bournemouth, Cagliari, Dubrovnik, Gothenburg, Kyiv, Lisbon, London-Southend, Lourdes, Milan/Malpensa, Riga, Thessaloniki, and Split.

Aer Lingus pending entry to joint the IAG North American Joint-Venture and ongoing negotiations with Ryanair to feed Aer Lingus North American network in due course will further enhance and strengthen Dublin's North American Hub position with increased traffic flows.

In Summer 2020 Aer Lingus launches a new route from Dublin to Montreal with new Airbus A321Neo-LR aircraft. This service will be timed to maximize connections to 20 European and UK cities and six french cities including Bordeaux,  Lyon,Nantes, Nice , Paris CDG and Toulouse. 

Dublin Airport is the sixth largest airport in Europe for flight connections to North America, and is drawing significant transfer traffic flows from Britain and continental Europe.

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Up to 66 daily flights to and from Dublin Airport to North America for summer peak

Dublin Airport Hub 
During the peak summer season in 2019 Dublin Airport will have 66 flights per day to and from 18 cities in the United States and 6 Canadian destinations with 464 weekly flights. This year Aer Lingus will launch Minneapolis-St. Paul , American Airlines Dallas/Forth Worth, Norwegian Airlines Toronto Hamilton, Westjet Calgary and Halifax .

Air Canada's low cost subsidiary Air Canada Rouge is to make a brief return to the Dublin Airport market between 25 May and 15 June.  Rouge will operate Montreal (ACA818/819) three times weekly and Vancouver (ACA862/3) four times weekly using Boeing 767-300ER aircraft pending delivery of Air Canada Airbus A330-300 aircraft.

The former Singapore Airlines/TAP Air Portugal Airbus A330-300 aircraft will be introduced on Dublin to Montreal and Vancouver routes effect from 15 June.

Aer Lingus planned new Airbus A321Neo-LR service to Hartford (Bradley International) is due to commence from 2nd August replacing wet-leased ASL operated Boeing 757-200 on the route.

Dublin's North American growth is being  constrained by delays to Aer Lingus A321Neo-LR deliveries which has resulted in the launch of new route to Montreal being deferred to Summer 2020 and revised schedules on existing North American routes.

The global ground of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft from 15th March has forced Norwegian to operate a reduced scheduled at Dublin this summer using a leased Evelope! Airbus A330-300 and Providence and Toronto Hamilton operated by Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Minneapolis-St Paul   Aer Lingus x 4 Weekly Boeing 757-200 from 4th July
Calgary                    Westjet x  3 Weekly Boeing 787-9 from 3rd June
Dallas-Fort Worth      American Airlines x daily Boeing 787-9 from 1st June
Halifax                      Westjet  x 6 times weekly Boeing 737-700 from 1st May
Toronto-Hamilton     Norwegian x 4 Weekly Boeing 737-800 from 31st March

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