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02 May 2015

Tourism Ireland welcomes inaugural Aer Lingus flight from Washington DC to Dublin

Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes today’s arrival of the inaugural Aer Lingus flight from Washington DC to Dublin. The service will operate four times a week and will certainly provide a welcome boost for tourism from the American capital and the all-important US market to the island of Ireland this summer.

Working closely with airlines to build demand for routes is a key priority for Tourism Ireland. Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s head of North America, said: “We look forward to working closely with Aer Lingus to maximise the promotion of this new route. As an island, direct, convenient and competitive access services are critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism. Tourism Ireland is committed to working with Aer Lingus, Dublin Airport and other tourism interests to drive demand for this new service, and all other services to the island of Ireland, and to help maintain our vital network of routes and services.”

Alison Metcalfe continued: “The United States is one of the most important markets for tourism to the island of Ireland and 2014 was a record year for American visitors to Ireland – when we welcomed more than one million US visitors, spending over US$1 billion. Tourism Ireland is determined to ensure that tourism growth continues; and 2015 has got off to a positive start, with the most recent CSO figures showing growth of +7% in visitor numbers from North America for the first quarter of 2015.”

Margaret E McKeough, executive vice-president and COO for Washington Airports Authority; HE Anne Anderson, Irish Ambassador to the United States; Jack Foley, Aer Lingus vice-president North America; and Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s head of North America, at an event in Washington Dulles International Airport – on the occasion of the inaugural Aer Lingus flight from Washington DC to Dublin.

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 2014, we welcomed an estimated 8.6 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €4.26 billion. Overseas tourism business accounts for 59% of all tourism revenue.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, available in ten different language versions for over 30 individual markets around the world. In 2014, attracted about 14.25 million visitors.