New Routes from Dublin Airport
Dublin Airport have recently announced new direct routes to Beijing, Hong Kong and Philadelphia.
China’s largest independent airline Hainan Airlines will launch a new year-round service from Dublin to Beijing four times per week commencing in June 2018. This is a hugely significant announcement for the Irish economy. Hainan Airlines will operate two direct flights a week to Beijing and two flights with a brief stop over in Edinburgh to pick up additional passengers before going on to Beijing.
Tánaiste Simon Coveney T.D. said “This first ever direct route to mainland China and the first Irish destination in Hainan Airlines’ international network is a major achievement, which will prove transformational to the bilateral relationship between China and Ireland”.
Two-way trade between Ireland and China is currently estimated to be worth more than €14.9 billion per year. The new direct route will greatly facilitate Irish firms and exporters with operations and clients in China, as well as China’s financial services and technology companies investing in Ireland.
Cathay Pacific have also confirmed that it will operate four non-stop flights per week from Dublin to Hong Kong beginning in June.
Aer Lingus recently launched a direct service to Philadelphia which will boost trade and travel between Ireland and the US. Passengers travelling to the US will use the US Pre Clearance facilities at Dublin allowing them to undertake all US immigration, customs and agriculture inspections at Dublin Airport prior to departure.
The Dublin Enterprise Zone is located a short distance from Dublin Airport.