27 APRIL 2015
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Dublin Airport will have almost two million extra seats available this summer, which is an 11% increase in capacity compared to last summer. There are 16 new European routes and five long haul destinations, Addis Ababa, Chicago, Halifax (Nova Scotia), Los Angeles and Washington.
This summer is set to be the busiest yet since passenger numbers reached their peak in 2008. The summer months will see 10 airlines flying 328 flights per week to and from 11 destinations in the US and four in Canada which equates to an average of 47 flights daily services to and from North America.
Capacity on European routes is set to increase by 9%.
Ryanair has new services to Copenhagen and Lublin, Aer Lingus will launch flights to Agadir and Nantes, SAS will start a route to Gothenburg and SWISS is to connect Dublin to Geneva with a year-round service. Vueling introduces Barcelona, WOW Air will begin a year-round service to Reykjavik, and Transavia will fly to Paris Orly. Europe Airpost will start to Paris and Halifax, while Finnair, which recently resumed services between Dublin and Helsinki, has already announced that this new route will continue into the winter season. www.dublinairport.com
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I flew out of Dublin with Aer Lingus on Saturday morning. Terminal 2 was heaving, with long queues for baggage drop and security. The overwhelmed staff were doing everything they could to speed things up and to assist people. If it is going to get busier then I fear it will become a victim of its own success. Given the number of flights that Ryanair operate from the other terminal, I shudder to think what that would be like, fortunately I am unlikely to ever find out as I would rather have root canal surgery than travel on that outfit.