Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes the announcement by Delta Air Lines of its intention to use a larger aircraft on its New York (JFK) to Shannon flight for summer 2016, which will mean a +25% increase in capacity, or 17,000 additional seats. Delta will also add capacity on its JFK to Dublin service from the end of October; and on its Atlanta to Dublin service from the end of May 2016.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “The announcement by Delta Air Lines to increase capacity on its routes to Ireland is more good news for tourism. We already work very closely with Delta and we look forward to continuing to co-operate with them to maximise the promotion of their flights from the US to Ireland. As an island, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in visitor numbers.
“Today’s CSO figures show strong growth of +14% in American and Canadian visitors to Ireland for the first eight months of 2015. We are determined to keep that momentum going and ensure that growth continues. Our extensive autumn campaign is now in full swing and aims to take advantage of late booking trends, as there is still plenty of business to play for.”
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 8.4 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of €4.1 billion.
- Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.Ireland.com, available in ten different language versions for over 30 individual markets around the world. In 2014, Ireland.com attracted about 14.25 million visitors.