The FINANCIAL --Dublin Airport welcomes American Airlines’ announcement that it is to operate a new Dublin-Dallas Fort Worth summer service from next June.
The daily service will be Ireland’s first direct flight to Dallas, which is 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.
The Dallas-Fort Worth area is the fourth largest metropolitan region in the United States, with a population of about 7.4 million. The region is also home to the headquarters of 22 Fortune 500 companies and a growing technology sector. “This new route is great news for tourist businesses throughout the country, as it will open up a new direct market for inbound business and leisure visitors from the United States,” according to Mr Harrison.
Dallas, which is Dublin Airport’s seventeenth US destination and its twenty second North American destination, will be the first city in the South Central region of the United States to have a direct service to Ireland.
Dallas Fort Worth Airport welcomed 67 million passengers last year, making it the twelfth largest airport in the world. American operates more than 800 flights per day from Dallas to destinations across the United States, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada and South America.
American 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.
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.
Transatlantic connectivity from Dublin has grown rapidly over the past five years with passenger numbers up 82% from 1.7 million in 2012 to 3.5 million last year. Dublin Airport’s transatlantic traffic is up a further 17% this year, due largely to three new routes and expansions of some existing services.
Dublin Airport is the sixth largest airport in Europe for transatlantic flights. This summer, 10 airlines are operating a total of 446 flights per week to and from Dublin Airport to 20 North American destinations, which equates to an average of 64 transatlantic flights daily.
The expansion in North American connectivity at Dublin Airport is underpinning significant growth in visitor numbers. According to the most recent data from Tourism Ireland, visitor numbers from North America to the Republic of Ireland increased by 10.7% in the first six months of this year, while North American visitor spending was up by 28%.
So far this year, more than 18 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport, which is a 6% increase over the same period last year. Dublin Airport is having its busiest ever summer, and is currently welcoming more than 100,000 passengers per day on a regular basis. It has flights to 195 destinations in 42 countries, operated by 56 airlines.
Dublin Airport is a major economic asset that supports or facilitates a total of 117,300 jobs – including 19,200 jobs on campus – and contributes €8.3 billion annually to the Irish economy. Continued growth in connectivity and passenger numbers at Dublin Airport generates increased economic activity throughout Ireland.