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05 Nov 2014

Tourism Ireland welcomes new Aer Lingus flight from Washington DC to Dublin for summer 2015

New Washington DC flight and expanded capacity on other transatlantic routes by Aer Lingus are good news for Irish tourism

Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes today’s announcement by Aer Lingus of a new flight from Washington DC to Dublin, beginning on 1 May next year. Aer Lingus will also increase capacity on some of its other transatlantic routes next summer – including a daily service from San Francisco to Dublin (currently five weekly); a third daily flight from New York to Dublin for the peak summer months; as well as an increase in frequency on the Orlando-Dublin route and an increase in capacity on the Boston-Shannon route, also for the peak summer season.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement by Aer Lingus is really great news for Irish tourism for 2015. The new flight from Washington DC and the increased capacity on other transatlantic routes will certainly help boost both leisure and business travel from the United States to the island of Ireland. We look forward to working closely with Aer Lingus to maximise the promotion of the new flight from Washington DC, as well as the various other services. As an island, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism.

“2014 is set to be another record year for tourism from the United States – when we will welcome over one million American visitors, spending more than US$1 billion. We are absolutely determined to ensure that growth continues and we look forward to welcoming many more American visitors in 2015 and beyond.”

 

Notes To Editors

  • Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
  • Tourism is the island of Ireland’s largest indigenous industry; responsible for in excess of 4% of GNP in the Republic of Ireland and employing approximately 200,000 people.
  • In 2013, we welcomed an estimated 8 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of almost €4 billion. Overseas tourism business accounts for 59% of all tourism revenue.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.ireland.com, available in ten different language versions for over 30 individual markets around the world.