Air­port ex­pect­ing record sum­mer with 14 new routes

The Irish Times - Business - - BUSINESS NEWS - COLIN GLEESON

Dublin Air­port has said the ad­di­tion of four new air­lines and 14 new routes will make the com­ing months a “record sum­mer”. More than 1.7 mil­lion ex­tra seats have been added across the air­port’s route net­work, an 8 per cent in­crease com­pared to last sum­mer.

The new air­lines are Cathay Pa­cific, Croa­tia Air­lines, Hainan Air­lines and Ice­landair. Of the five new long-haul routes, Aer Lin­gus has al­ready started ser­vices to Philadel­phia, and the air­line will launch its Seat­tle route in May.

This June will see the start of Air Canada’s new sum­mer ser­vice to Mon­treal, while Cathay Pa­cific will fly di­rect to Hong Kong, and Hainan Air­lines will start a new di­rect ser­vice to Bei­jing.The sum­mer months will see 10 air­lines fly­ing 446 flights per week to and from 16 des­ti­na­tions in the US and four in Canada.Ryanair has be­gun new ser­vices to Mar­rakesh and Paphos, and will add Dala­man in Tur­key, Frank­furt and Lux­em­bourg later this year.

Ice­landair will start a ser­vice to Reyk­javik, while Bri­tish Air­ways will fly to Manch­ester. Croa­tia Air­lines will launch ser­vices to Za­greb. Else­where, Lo­ganair will fly to Carlisle air­port in the Lake Dis­trict.

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