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  •  Tim Healy

    A High Court challenge to Fingal County Council’s enforcement notice to restrict night flights at Dublin Airport was adjourned mid-hearing yesterday to await the outcome of a planning decision that overlaps with key issues in the case.

    The State-owned DAA had concluded its opening arguments and Aer Lingus had begun making submissions on the second day of the hearing when Mr Justice Richard Humphreys queried whether continuing the trial was the best approach.

  •  Direct flights from Dublin to San Francisco resume with Aer Lingus

    Dublin Airport welcomes the announcement from Aer Lingus that it will re-start its direct service from Dublin to San Francisco. From December 12, customers will be able to travel to the West Coast of the US.

    Direct flights from Dublin to San Francisco will operate 4 times per week from December 12, 2021 to the January 12, 2022 on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Two additional flights will operate a week prior to Christmas and post-Christmas, from December 16 – December 18 and December 30 – January 1 reconnecting family and friends between Ireland the West Coast of the United States ahead of the festive season.

    From February 25, Aer Lingus will fly direct to San Francisco 4 times per week.

    Re-connecting Ireland with the West Coast for the first time since March 2020, the direct Dublin to San Francisco route is hugely important for businesses in Ireland. San Francisco’s Silicon Valley is home to many of the world’s largest technology companies, with many of these companies having their European headquarters here in Ireland.

    Home to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, charming Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz penitentiary, and eclectic mix of architecture and steep hills, San Francisco has long been a popular tourist destination for travellers looking to start their west coast experience.

    “San Francisco is the global tech centre of the world and many of the companies based there have offices in Ireland. This direct route will further grow tourism and trade between Ireland and the US and provide greater choice and flexibility for both business and leisure passengers. We will work closely with Aer Lingus to ensure this service is a success in both directions.” said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison.

    Aer Lingus Chief Customer Officer, Susanne Carberry said “The re-start of our direct service from Dublin to San Francisco means that we can once again connect families, friends and businesses with the West Coast of the United States. This is an important milestone in the recovery of our business, and will no doubt be very meaningful to those people with connections on the West Coast and businesses with connections in San Francisco itself. 

    The recommencing of the Dublin to San Francisco route sees Aer Lingus’ North American schedule increase to a total of 7 destinations, having welcomed back Newark, Orlando, Washington and Toronto Canada over the past weeks.

    Almost 4.3 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport in the first nine months of this year, representing an 83% decrease when compared to pre COVID levels for the same period in 2019.

  •  While there has been an increase in the numbers of passengers flying from Cork Airport since non-essential international travel restrictions were lifted almost two weeks ago, the numbers travelling are still below pre-COVID times. Cork Airport is normally handling about 10,000 passengers daily at this time of the year.

    All attention now is focused on building our business back better and stronger and expanding our route network. We now have 20 routes back on sale with 6 airlines  so passengers across the South of Ireland have plenty of opportunities to take a well earned break before schools go back in August and September.
  •  Ready when you are'

    daa, the operator of Cork and Dublin Airports, will launch a new television commercial on Sunday July 18 in advance of the return of non-essential international travel from July 19. 

    COVID-19 has ensured that it has been a long time since most of the Irish population have flown, so, daa has commissioned the advertisement in support of the Irish aviation sector. The 30 second commercial is of heart-warming scenes which rekindle the joy of travelling by air again while delivering important reassurances to passengers.  

    The advertisement features several passengers about to take a flight to enjoy some long overdue and emotional reunions. Whether departing from Dublin or Cork Airports for the first time, or perhaps the first time in a long time, the commercial sets out to reassure passengers that daa staff are prepared and organised with the overarching message that ‘when you’re ready to go, we’re ready to help.’ 

    daa Chief Executive Dalton Philips said: “While the past 16 months of severe travel restrictions have been in place to support the fight against COVID-19, the impact on airports, airlines and other businesses involved in international travel and aviation has been devastating. As we approach July 19th, we are looking ahead to rebuilding our business and supporting our industry. This advertising campaign marks this milestone and we hope it will remind people why we are a nation that loves to travel and that Dublin and Cork Airports are ready to welcome our passengers back through our doors when they are.”   Read more »

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