New air services have been announced for Dublin and Derry airports.
In a statement published on its website, Dublin Airport said, "Dublin Airport welcomes the news that United Airlines will increase its frequency from Dublin to its New York/Newark hub from once to twice daily, starting 24 April 2022.
"The additional year-round service joins United's existing seasonal direct service from Dublin to Chicago, as well as seasonal direct services from Dublin to Washington Dulles and Shannon to New York/Newark that are planned to resume in 2022.
"The additional flight from Dublin is part of United's largest transatlantic expansion in its history announced today, including 10 new routes and five new destinations - Amman, Jordan; Bergen, Norway; Azores, Portugal; Mallorca, Spain and Tenerife in the Spanish Canary Islands. The new routes, which are set to begin in Spring 2022, are not served by any other North American carrier. Additionally, next year, United will add new flights to five popular European destinations - Berlin, Dublin, Milan, Munich and Rome, as well as launch seven routes that were interrupted due to the pandemic from Bangalore, Frankfurt, Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, Nice and Zurich. Flights are subject to government approval.
"'United is a valued customer serving Dublin Airport for more than two decades and we are particularly delighted to see this increase in frequency, it’s a very welcome boost to transatlantic connectivity,' said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison.
"Located just 14 miles from Manhattan, Newark Liberty International Airport offers the fastest surface transfer journeys to many parts of the city, including the AirTrain service to New York Penn Station in midtown Manhattan, with a journey time of less than 30 minutes.
"'We look forward to the full recovery of international travel and are committed to continuing to leverage our leading global network in new, exciting ways,' said Patrick Quayle, United's Senior Vice President International Network and Alliances.
"'We are excited to announce this increase in nonstop daily services from Dublin,' said Marcel Fuchs, United's Managing Director International Sales. 'The additional frequency strengthens our international route network and provides our customers from Ireland with even greater travel choice and convenient one-stop connections via our New York/Newark hub to other destinations across the Americas.'
"Dublin (DUB) - New York/Newark (EWR)
|Dates of operation
|24 April 2022 onwards
|7:05 am + 1
|10:00 am + 1
|23 April 2022 onwards
"All times are local and are subject to change.
"United's additional frequency from Dublin to New York/Newark will be operated with Boeing 757-200 aircraft, featuring a total of 169 seats - 16 flat-bed seats in United Polaris® business class and 153 in Economy, including 45 Economy Plus® seats with added legroom and increased personal space.
"Almost 4.3 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport in the first nine months of this year, representing an 83% decrease when compared to pre-COVID levels for the same period in 2019."
City Of Derry Airport
In a statement published on its website, Ryanair said, "Ryanair [has] announced a new route - Derry to Manchester, operating three weekly flights starting from winter '21. As travel recovers to pre-COVID levels, Ryanair's growth continues to lead traffic and tourism recovery across Europe.
"To celebrate, Ryanair has launched a £19.99 seat sale for travel until the end of March ‘22, which must be booked by midnight Friday, 15th October on www.Ryanair.com - the perfect excuse for a well-deserved getaway with family or friends.
"Ryanair's Director of Commercial, Jason Mc Guinness, said, 'As Europe's No.1 airline, Ryanair remains committed to re-building Europe's aviation and tourism industry by restoring connectivity and growing its network of passengers to over 225 million by 2026. As Ryanair takes delivery of 55 additional Boeing 737-8200 'Gamechanger' aircraft this winter, we are delighted to add this new route from Derry to Manchester.
"'As consumer confidence in air travel steadily restores, Ryanair is once again calling on the UK Government to scrap or suspend APD (Air Passenger Duty) to allow airlines to quickly recover connectivity, jobs and tourism in the aftermath of the pandemic. APD makes UK airports very uncompetitive compared to those in Europe, where Ryanair continues to add capacity having opened several new bases in recent months, including Agadir, Zagreb, Billund, Stockholm, Riga and Turin. While Ryanair is committed to the UK and to Derry airport, the lack of Government support continues to create barriers to boosting traffic and growth.'"
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