Dublin Airport: Airlines plan four million additional seats on flights to the sun and even China

Millions more seats could be made available for travel from Dublin Airport next summer as airlines prepare for a return to near-normal after the pandemic.

The airport initially struggled with a surge in passenger numbers, leading to chaotic scenes in late May. A labor shortage presented the airport with a significant problem.

The airport’s operator, DAA, formerly Dublin Airport Authority, launched a recruitment blitz last week, offering up to 500 jobs.

Now a report from Airport Coordination Limited (ACL), which coordinates take-off and landing times for 72 airports around the world, shows that up to 30.1 million seats could be available from Dublin next summer. This corresponds to an increase of 4.4 million compared to the previous year.

Aer Lingus could have up to 788,000 additional seats available, bringing its total to almost 8.8 million.

Ryanair could have another 1.68 million for a total of almost 12.9 million.

Ryanair and Aer Lingus are the two largest airlines operating from Dublin.

Conor McCarthy’s Emerald Airlines, which operates regional service Aer Lingus on a franchise basis, is expected to significantly increase its operations from Dublin next summer.

However, industry sources said the number of allocated takeoff and landing spots and the potential number of seats may not materialize as airlines hedge their bets and make final decisions in the coming weeks.

The summer season effectively lasts from spring to early autumn.

Dublin Airport could also reconnect directly with Asia next summer, with China’s Hainan Airlines considering resuming its connection to Beijing.

DAA, the semi-public company that also operates Cork Airport, has been struggling for years to establish a direct route from the capital to China.

In 2019, Hainan operated two services from Dublin to China – to Beijing and Shenzhen. However, in August of the same year, the Shenzhen service was suspended and the Beijing route was suspended until 2020.

However, with China still enforcing lockdowns due to ongoing Covid outbreaks, Hainan is unlikely to make a final decision on its Dublin service until the last minute.

And in a significant move for US airline Delta, the
The ACL report notes that the airline has indicated it will be adding a Dublin to Minneapolis-St. Paul could perform.

Delta has operated out of Dublin Airport for more than 30 years, flying to its hub in Atlanta, Georgia and has also operated services to New York JFK and Boston from the Irish capital.

Aer Lingus began service from Dublin to Minneapolis-St. Paul up.

The airline has not resumed this route but will be introducing a new route between Dublin and Cleveland, Ohio, next summer.

It has also resumed a number of other services to the US that had been suspended during the pandemic.
B. a route to Seattle, Hartford in Connecticut and Miami.

DAA announced last week that Kenny Jacobs, former Ryanair senior executive, will join the group as chief executive.

Mr Jacobs said he will focus on providing consumers using DAA airports with an “efficient travel experience” and spurring traffic growth.

He succeeds Dalton Philips, who recently left the position to become chief executive of food giant Greencore.

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