New Finnair flight is good news for Irish tourism
Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes today’s announcement by Finnair of a new flight from Helsinki to Dublin. This will be a new, seasonal, six-times weekly service beginning on 30 March 2015, which will certainly help boost leisure and business travel from Finland to Dublin and Ireland. It is also good news for tourism from our longer-haul markets, as Finnair offers excellent connections from Asia – including from Hong Kong and from cities like Beijing and Shanghai in China and Delhi in India – bringing new choices of connectivity to Ireland for prospective holidaymakers in those markets.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement is more good news for tourism, as we look to 2015 and beyond. We look forward to working with Finnair to maximise the promotion of this new flight from Helsinki – in Finland and further afield, in markets like China and India. As an island, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism. Tourism Ireland is committed to working with Finnair, Dublin Airport and other tourism interests, through co-operative marketing, to drive demand for this new service – as we work with other carriers and partners to promote and help maintain vital routes and services to the island.”
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.