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Icelandair enables one-stop connectivity from Dublin to Raleigh-Durham

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                                                                  Icelandair operates a daily service from Dublin to Keflavik year-round using a mix of Boeing 737MAX-8/9 and Boeing 757-200/300 aircraft according to market demand.  On 12 May the carrier launched a new seasonal summer service to Raleigh-Durham (RDU) operating four times weekly on Tuesday, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays on a 160-seat Boeing 737MAX-8 or 178-seat Boeing 737MAX-9 till 30 October. The Raleigh-Durham (RDU) flight ICE821/820 is optimized its second connecting bank at Keflavik departing 1645 hours and returns next morning 0630, enabling onward connectivity to and from Dublin.  Icelandair CEO Bogi Nils Bogason stated "We are excited to add Raleigh-Durham to our extensive route network, offering non-stop flights from North Carolina to Iceland with convenient connections to our many destinations in Europe. North Carolina is an exciting new destination for our local market, to visit as a tourist or in relatio

Luxair and SCR20 announce strategic partnership in Irish Market

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                                                                  Luxair and SCR20 announced that they have entered a strategic partnership in the UK and Irish markets.  SCR20 Director, Simon Cook, commented 'I am excited to back working with the Luxair team and working for a brand I firmly believe in. I previously worked for Luxair between 2003 and 2007 so I feel like I am coming home.’ Luxair currently operates from Luxembourg to Dublin four times per week using a Bombardier Q400 with a capacity of 76 seats  and London City six times per day. SCR20 headed by Simon Cook, is charged with driving and reinforcing Luxair's sales and market presence in the UK and Irish markets by liaising directly with Corporate clients, Business Travel Agents, Tour Operators and OTAs, aimed to grow Luxair business in both markets. The carrier recently stated in its 2022 Outlook that "Although operations have not yet returned to pre-Covid-19 levels, 2022 looks promising for Luxair, and in part

PLAY Airlines reconnects Dublin and Stewart International Airport through Keflavik hub and spoke

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                                                                   Icelandic low cost carrier PLAY Airlines has reconnected Dublin (DUB) and Stewart International Airport (SWF) - New York from 10 June operating an daily Airbus A321NEO service in 192 seat all economy configuration for the first time since September 2019 when Norwegian Airlines terminated direct services from Europe which was served from Dublin.  PLY121 departs Keflavik 1515 arrives Stewart International Airport (SWF) 1735 PLY122 departs Stewart International Airport (SWF) 1845 arrives Keflavik o PLAY CEO Birgir Jónsson said "PLAY is strategically growing its presence in the United States, and New York is an important market for our expansion. New York Stewart International Airport offers a convenient location for both New Yorkers and travellers in surrounding states. Stewart also gives incoming European travellers access to local attractions and Manhattan. We expect a travel comeback this year, and our passengers w

Vueling Airlines extends Cork to Paris Orly year round, announces new Shannon route

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                                                                The Barcelona-based low-cost airline Vueling Airlines part of the IAG Group has re-affirmed its commitment to the Irish market, indicating that they will extend their current Cork to Paris (Orly) service into the winter season and announcing new Paris Orly to Shannon route commencing twice weekly on 12 September operating on Mondays and Fridays. The European low-cost carrier will operate services on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday from October 2022 through to March 2023. The inclusion of the Vueling Cork - Paris service in Cork Airport’s Winter Schedule is a welcome affirmation of Vueling’s commitment to operations at Ireland’s second largest airport.  Vueling Airlines operates daily services from Dublin to Barcelona and Paris Orly. The carrier sub-leased an Aer Lingus Airbus A330-300 to operate services from its Paris Orly from 7th November 2021 to 14 March 2022 pending Airbus A321neo deliveries.  Shannon Group CEO, Mary Co

More than 2.6 Million Passengers pass through Dublin Airport in May as airlines scale up operations

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                                                                  The daa announced over 2.6 million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport in May, an increase of 2.4 million passengers when compared to 2021 and 87% of the passenger numbers seen pre-pandemic in May 2019, with strong growth reported in all market segments - Domestic (11,000) , Europe (1.4 million), UK (700,000) Middle East (51,000) and North America (320,000)  Aer Lingus resumed LAX service on 12 May operated by Airbus A330-300 aircraft.  American Airlines resumed direct daily seasonal flights from Dublin to Charlotte, Chicago O'Hare and Dallas on 6 May significantly increasing capacity using Boeing 777-200(ER) and Boeing 787-8 aircraft.  Aurigny resumed its Guernsey to Dublin route from 17 May operating using ATR72-500 aircraft three times weekly with Channel Islands bilateral agreement in place.  Blue Islands launched its new direct Dublin-Jersey service on 19 May following resolution of the Channel Islands b

Aer Lingus introduces a second flight to Washington Dulles, restores LAX to network

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                                                                  Irish carrier Aer Lingus has introduced a second flight from Dublin to Washington Dulles effective from 9th June for the first time utilizing Airbus A321LR aircraft, further strengthening its DUB HUB strategy, enabling passengers to connect from Washington D.C. to cities such as Naples, Lyons, Berlin and Barcelona for the first time through Dublin. EI-LRG Airbus A321-251NX msn 10291operated first EIN119 service on 9 June departing Dublin 1749 arriving Washington Dulles 2013 local and returning as EIN118 departing Washington Dulles 2242 arriving Dublin next day at 1000 local. Aer Lingus re-started LAX on 12th May, for the first time since March 2020. The City of Angels with daily Airbus A330-300 service. Aer Lingus is the only carrier offering direct flights between Ireland and West Coast , following daily flights to San Francisco recommencing on 25 February, LAX on 12 May, Seattle on 7 July and and Miami on 21 October. E

Ryanair returns to Leipzig/Halle Airport, launches new route to Dublin

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                                                                 Irish budget carrier Ryanair announced plans to return to Leipzig/Halle Airport in central Germany after an absence of three years,  launching two new routes services to Leipzig/Halle, as part of its winter 2022/2023 schedule from it's Dublin and London Stansted bases , operating five weekly flights from the start of IATA Winter Scheduled on 31st October. The carrier will operate Dublin to Leipzig/Halle twice weekly on Wednesday and Sunday effective from 2nd November.  Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG CEO Götz Ahmelmann stated “We are looking forward to London and Dublin! The Central Germany region is growing dynamically and together with Ryanair we offer the fastest and most convenient connection to the British and Irish capital. The combination of short distances at the airport and a direct flight is a highly attractive offer that appeals to both individual and business travelers”. Ryanair DAC Spokesman and Laudamotion C

Ryanair Group completes first year of Boeing 737 MAX 8-200 Deliveries

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                                                                   The Ryanair Group has completed its first year of deliveries of its new Boeing 737 MAX 8-200 'Gamechanger' aircraft with the delivery of its 73rd aircraft, 9H-VVA  Boeing 737-8200 msn 65894 Malta Air  from Seattle to Dublin on 16th June in full Ryanair colours. Ryanair DAC (Ireland) is the largest operator with 32 aircraft followed by Malta Air subsidiary with 28 aircraft and Its Polish subsidiary Buzz operates 13 aircraft. According to Ryanair Group Annual Report 2021 the basic list price is $102.5 million for a new Boeing 737-8200. Ryanair Group stated "Boeing has granted Ryanair certain price concessions as part of the 2014 Boeing Contract. As a result, the "effective price" (the purchase price of the new aircraft net of discounts received from Boeing) of each new aircraft will be significantly below the basic price mentioned above. The effective price applies to all new aircraft delivering fro