Dublin Airport has welcomed Aer Lingus’ new direct service to Philadelphia – the carrier’s 12th transatlantic route.
The airline is operating its year-round services four times per weekly initially increasing to a daily service from May this year.
This is the first of five new long-haul routes to be launched from Dublin this year. Aer Lingus will launch Seattle in the coming weeks, Air Canada will operate flights to Montreal, Cathay Pacific will launch a new direct route to Hong Kong and Hainan Airlines will start direct services to Beijing.
Since 2014, Aer Lingus, working in tandem with Dublin Airport, has significantly expanded its North American business in recent years and built a substantial transfer business.
The new service to Philadelphia will have onward connections from Dublin to 24 other cities including Berlin, Edinburgh, Brussels and Hamburg.
Dublin Airport managing director, Vincent Harrison said the airport is “delighted” see Aer Lingus’ route network go from “strength to strength”.
“Dublin Airport’s transatlantic traffic has doubled in the past five years and Dublin is now the fifth largest airport in Europe for North American connectivity after Heathrow, Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam,” added Harrison.
More than 3.8 million passengers have used Dublin Airport in the first two months of this year, which is a five per cent increase on the first two months of last year.
Dublin Airport has flights to 195 destinations in 42 countries operated by more than 50 airlines.