American Airlines’ has announced that it is to operate a new Dublin-Dallas Fort Worth summer service from next June.
The daily service will be Ireland’s first direct flight to Dallas, which is American’s largest hub for connecting traffic. It will improve connectivity from Ireland to Texas and also to a large number of onward destinations in the United States and Latin America.
“Dallas is an excellent addition to the existing route network from Dublin Airport and we’re delighted that American Airlines will be serving this market with a daily summer service from next year,” said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison. “This new route will further grow tourism and trade between Ireland and the US, and we look forward to working closely with American to promote the new service on both sides of the Atlantic,” Mr Harrison added.
“Connecting Dublin with Dallas Fort Worth provides Irish travellers with direct access to the largest hub of American, the world’s largest airline,” said Vasu Raja, American’s Vice President, Network and Schedule Planning. “This is the first time Ireland and Texas have been connected with a direct flight and the new service will meet the increased demand for travel between both markets. From Dallas, Irish travellers can connect onto top onward destinations including Hawaii, Las Vegas, Cancun, Los Angeles and New Orleans.”
The Dallas-Fort Worth area is the fourth largest metropolitan region in the United States, with a population of about 7.4 million. The region is also home to the headquarters of 22 Fortune 500 companies and a growing technology sector. “This new route is great news for tourist businesses throughout the country, as it will open up a new direct market for inbound business and leisure visitors from the United States,” according to Mr Harrison.
Dallas, which is Dublin Airport’s seventeenth US destination and its twenty second North American destination, will be the first city in the South Central region of the United States to have a direct service to Ireland.
Dallas Fort Worth Airport welcomed 67 million passengers last year, making it the twelfth largest airport in the world. American operates more than 800 flights per day from Dallas to destinations across the United States, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada and South America.
American will operate its new daily Dallas service with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in a 285-seat three-class configuration, with 30 seats in Business, 21 in Premium Economy, and 234 seats in Economy.
The new summer service will begin on June 6 and will run until September 28, 2019. The flight will depart Dallas at 20.35, arriving in Dublin at 11.40 the following day. The return flight will depart Dublin at 13.40, arriving in Dallas at 17.45.