Showing posts with label Dublin Airport. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dublin Airport. Show all posts

22 August, 2023

Delta to launch Dublin service from Minneapolis-Saint Paul

U.S. mega-carrier Delta is introducing a new route from Minneapolis-Saint Paul (MSP) to Dublin, Ireland.

With the addition of this route, which will operate five times a week starting May 9, 2024, Delta will offer seasonal service to the Emerald Isle from three of its U.S. hubs – Atlanta, Boston and Minneapolis – in addition to year-round service from New York-JFK.

“Delta continues to build on its longstanding No. 1 position in Minneapolis with another nonstop option for customers travelling overseas,” said Joe Esposito, Delta’s Senior Vice President – Network Planning. “With nearly 10 trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific flights flying direct from the Twin Cities, customers have the utmost choice, coupled with our award-winning customer service, when travelling with us.”

Delta is MSP’s largest global carrier, currently operating more than 330 peak-day flights to 120 destinations, with service across the world to cities such as Amsterdam; Cancun, Mexico; Paris; Keflavik, Iceland; London; Montrรฉal; Vancouver, Canada; and more. Delta is also the only carrier providing nonstop service from MSP to Asia, with daily service to Seoul, South Korea, and Tokyo-Haneda. 

“MSP travellers are eager for increased air service to European destinations, and we’re pleased to see Delta add nonstop service to Dublin next year,” said Rick King, Chair of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, which operates MSP. “This route is important to leisure and business travellers as we anticipate continued international demand into 2024 and beyond.”

On the ground......
Delta continues to invest in modern and intuitive airport spaces at its Minneapolis hub. Earlier this year, the airline unveiled its third and largest Delta Sky Club at MSP, featuring seating for more than 450 guests, a first-of-its-kind Sky Deck and more.

Delta is also partnering with the Metropolitan Airports Commission to further modernize the G concourse, contributing $47 million toward new terrazzo flooring, refreshed ceilings and lighting fixtures, upgraded digital signage, and more. The project is slated to be complete by the end of 2025.

11 July, 2023

Air bridge collapse at Dublin rips door off 787

An investigation is underway at Dublin Airport in to how an air bridge collapsed at Terminal 2 ripping off a door of an American Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

The incident occurred on Sunday when the aircraft was being made ready to head to Philadelphia. The just was just under eight years old, having arrived at American Airlines in December 2015. 

That's gonna be a hefty bill for someone to pay.  The airport says it was probably a malfunction that caused the air bridge to collapse and apparently nobody was on it at the time. It is unclear if the airport is checking other air bridges for possible faults. 

03 July, 2023

Dublin Airport employees data hacked.

The financial information of a number of staff at Dublin Airport has been breached in a cyber attack on Aon, the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) reported on Sunday.

"DAA can confirm that as a result of a recent cyber-attack on Aon, a third-party professional service provider, data relating to some employees’ pay and benefits was compromised," a spokesperson said in a statement.

According to various reports, as many as 2000 staff members have had their information hacked as Aon had used the file-transfer software tool MOVEit which had been breached. However,  the exact amount of data has not been released, yet is likely to include such things as bank account numbers, addresses, payroll details and social security numbers. 

It has been reported that the Russian state-backed Cl0p group is responsible for the hack and has threatened to release the details on the dark web. The DAA said it was offering support, advice and assistance to all of the employees impacted by the 'criminal cyber-attack.

16 May, 2023

2.83 Million people travelled through Dublin Airport during April

April was another record month for passenger numbers at Dublin Airport, with a total of 2.83 million passengers travelling through during the month, according to airport operator, daa.

The numbers passing through Dublin Airport were marginally higher (+0.7%) than the 2.81 million passengers who passed through in the previous busiest April in 2019 and up +18% from 2.39 million in April 2022.

In the first four months of 2023 alone, just shy of 9.5 million passengers have passed through Dublin Airport.

daa CEO Kenny Jacobs said: "The April figures were buoyed by a very busy Easter period which saw record numbers travelling through Dublin Airport. Once again it was a very smooth month for our security operation, with 96% of passengers safely through screening in 20 minutes or less. The busiest day of the month at Dublin Airport came on Friday May 28 as thousands availed of the start of the long Bank Holiday weekend to make a trip overseas, with around 50,000 passengers departing that day.

“The month of May is set to be busy too, as we see large numbers travelling for big events, including the culmination of the football season in the UK, a number of big rugby matches including the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals in Dublin, as well as the beginning of the summer concert season, with a string of big gigs set to take place starting with Bruce Springsteen this weekend."

Recycling Progress

daa also reported good progress in its efforts to make its airports more sustainable. A trial of new waste segregation methods in a select number of security lanes during the first quarter of 2023 resulted in a three-fold increase in the amount of recycling. The trial proved so successful that the new procedures have now been extended to all security screening lanes in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.

Passenger Advice For Summer

Passengers travelling out of Dublin Airport over the coming weeks and months are advised to be in their terminal two hours prior to a short-haul flight and three hours before a long-haul departure.

Anyone travelling this summer should be aware of the worsening French Air Traffic Control situation and potential for continuing industrial action. This could generate delays that impact passengers departing Irish airports to destinations in France and on flights that need to cross French air space.

30 May, 2022

Dublin disruption causes hundreds to miss flights.

Dublin disruption causes hundreds to miss flights.

Lengthy queues at Dublin has caused more than 1000 people to miss flights on Sunday according to the airport’s authority. 

The airport's chief executive is scheduled to meet Ireland’s international travel minister today to discuss the situation and the reasons for so much disruption. However, speaking to local media, RTร‰ he stated that the airport was operating to "very fine margins" and "running to the max" of available staffing levels. The airport is recruiting more staff and expects to have another 370 officers from the start of July.

On Sunday the airport reported that it expected about 50,000 passengers to pass through the airport over the weekend but there were an insufficient number of security lanes open to cope with the demand.

Nearly 250 security staff had taken voluntary redundancy in the 18 months prior to April of this year according to the airport authority,  something they had offered as the airport struggled to cope with the covid pandemic downturn in business,

Budget airline Ryanair criticised the airports' management and wanted to call in the army.

Dublin is not the only airport to experience huge delays over the weekend, Gatwick experienced mass disruption with some passengers waiting over 22 hours at the airport and easyJet axing 28 flights a day for the next nine days at least.

Birmingham is continuing to experience delays, disruption and cancellations as it struggles to cope with increased demand and shortage of baggage handlers, leaving some passengers waiting more than 6 hours to collect their cases.

The airport predicted it would exceed the number of pre-covid passengers this week because of the four day bank holiday weekend.  A spokesperson for the airport said: "We would like to thank customers at Birmingham airport for their patience and understanding at this exceptionally busy time. We are continuously working with airport staff and baggage handlers to ensure a smooth running of operations on the ground. The safety and wellbeing of our passengers and staff is always our highest priority."


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17 July, 2021

Ireland open to Brits from Monday......

The latest news is that Ireland's tourism industry will be open for business for Brits from Monday.  The country has announced that it will no longer require British visitors that have been double vaccinated to quarantine or take Covid-19 tests from 19th July (applies in both directions).

With this policy shift, Ireland becomes the first European country to allow fully vaccinated travellers from the UK to enter without a test requirement.

Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, said: "We are pleased to confirm this change in arrangements to welcome British visitors to Ireland from 19 July. The Covid pandemic has been tough on everyone and these changes will afford many people an opportunity to reconnect with family and friends in a way that hasn’t been possible for a long time. Ireland’s tourism industry has adopted a safety charter to ensure the wellbeing of both our guests and hospitality workers. We wish all our British friends a safe and enjoyable visit to Ireland."

Great Britain is traditionally a very important market for tourism to the island of Ireland, delivering 42% of all overseas visitors and around 25% of all overseas tourism revenue. Its contribution to the regional tourism economy and to our season extension objectives are also significant, with 41% of visitors from Great Britain arriving between October and March.

In 2019, Ireland welcomed almost 4.8 million visitors from Great Britain, up 1% on 2018 numbers, who spent €1.4/£1.3 billion whilst in the country - up 3%. 83% were from England, 14% from Scotland and 4% from Wales.

Here are some of our top picks for visits to Ireland.....

02 December, 2019

Sensory Room Opens At Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport has opened a purpose-built Sensory Room for passengers with autism, dementia, cognitive impairment or other special needs.

The new Sensory Room is located after security screening in Terminal 2 and just before the 400 boarding gates. It can be also be accessed via Terminal 1.

Depending on the passenger’s requirements, users will have the option to transform the room from a calming and relaxing environment to a stimulating interactive space full of light, colour and sound.

“We are confident that the introduction of the Sensory Room will make it even easier and less stressful for passengers in need of some assistance on their journey through the airport,” said Dublin Airport Customer Experience Manager Liz Kavanagh.

02 June, 2019

WestJet celebrates Calgary-Dublin launch

Canadian airline WestJet launches services between 
Calgary and Dublin

With the departure of flight WS6 last night (Saturday 1st June), WestJet becomes the only airline operating a non-stop route between Calgary and Dublin. The airline's newest route provides historic access between Western Canada and Ireland and is the last of three 787 Dreamliner inaugurals that are central to WestJet's global strategy and focus on Calgary as its initial Dreamliner hub.

"With the launch of our third transatlantic Dreamliner flight, WestJet adds to our exceptional growth into and out of Calgary, where we remain the airline with the most destinations and departures," said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. "With more than 4.5 million Canadians claiming Irish heritage*, we are pleased to be providing Canadians with easy access between Western Canada and Ireland."

Left, WestJet's Dreamliner at Dublin Airport, ready for the return trip today.  Phone Dublin Airport.

21 February, 2019

Drone sightings halt operations at Dublin Airport

Drone chaos strikes at Dublin Airport!    The busiest Irish International airport became the latest international gateway to be disrupted by drone sightings over the airfield today.

All flight operations were suspended on Thursday morning following confirmed sightings of a drone over the airport. The suspension started at 1149 local time out of an abundance of caution, the airport operators saying safety was its key priority.

A pilot reported a drone sighting to the Irish Aviation Authority at the airport, approximately at 11.30am.  This prompted the suspension of flights by air traffic control. Which is understood to be agreed and preplanned procedures for drone attacks or sightings. 

There were no further sightings of the drone during a 30-minute suspension of flights, so the airport reopened for normal operations. However, many flights were delayed either arriving or departing due to the drone incursion.  A few flights were diverted away from Dublin during the incident which is estimated to have cost over €75,000.

"Flight operations have now resumed @DublinAirport following an earlier drone sighting. We apologise for any inconvenience. The safety and security of passengers is always our key priority." Dublin airport offered via social media.

The local airport police questioned aircraft enthusiasts at the airport during the incident, however, their task in locating and apprehending the illegal drone operator was greatly hampered by a number of social media users, including MrNeeson, claiming they were flying the drone over the airport.

The Dublin drone attack is the latest in a series of major international airports being targeted by illegal operations by drone users. London Gatwick was closed for more than 30 hours in December last year following repeated drone sightings over the airfield.  Just days later London Heathrow had to halt arrivals briefly after a drone was spotted in the arrivals flight path. Towards the end of last month, Newark's Liberty Airport in New Jersey halted some operations after a drone was spotted flying just 30 metres away arriving aircraft. Dubai International Airport also saw flights suspended for a short period last week due to drone activity.

(Images Dublin Airport)

08 October, 2018

Dublin calls....... The Russians are coming!

The leading Russian airline, Aeroflot has confirmed that from the 28th of this month, October, the carrier will start regular flights to Dublin, the capital of Ireland. 

Aeroflot says it will introduce daily flights on Airbus A320 aircraft,  Vitaly Saveliev, CEO of Aeroflot, said: “Today Aeroflot ranks as a leading global carrier and we continue to expand our international route network. This winter we will open new routes as well as increasing flight frequencies to popular destinations. We are pleased to offer travellers new international destinations as well as additional flights to popular tourist destinations, thus expanding travel options with Aeroflot for both business and leisure travellers.” 

 The schedule for the new service:

flight SU 2590 will depart Sheremetyevo at 19:20 and arrive in Dublin at 20:45.

return flight SU 2591 will depart Dublin at 21:45 and arrive at Sheremetyevo at 04:50 +1.

31 August, 2017

New Dublin Service For Cathay Pacific on A350

The Hong Kong based Cathay Pacific has announced that it will operate a new direct service to Dublin, operating four times per week from next June.

This new year-round service will be Dublin Airport’s first ever direct route to the Asia-Pacific region and is being welcomed as a major milestone for the delightful Irish airport and the entire Irish economy.

“We are thrilled to welcome Cathay Pacific to Dublin Airport and to Ireland,” said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison. “Dublin Airport is competing for routes like this with other major European airports, so winning this new business is hugely positive news for Ireland, for foreign direct investment, for Irish exporters, and for inbound tourism,” he added.