Routes Reconnected: Dublin celebrates 80th birthday as new runway on for 2022
This year is a very special year for Dublin Airport as it marks its 80th anniversary.
Dublin opened at 0900 on 19 January 1940 when its first commercial flight departed for Liverpool. It was an Aer Lingus service operated by a Lockheed 14.
Since that first departure, Dublin has played a critical part in connecting Ireland to the world and has welcomed visitors from all over the globe to the entire island of Ireland.
And its anniversary year was to welcome multiple new routes. “We were very much looking forward to building on the success of a record year in 2019,” Vincent Harrison, Managing Director, Dublin Airport, told us. “We were expecting to welcome 12 new routes and services and two new long-haul routes this year.”
Dublin saw LOT Polish begin and airBaltic expand this summer
This summer, LOT Polish launched Warsaw – Dublin while airBaltic began service from Vilnius. LOT’s re-entry in August came after a 13-year absence, with Chopin – Dublin having 30,000 indirect passengers in 2019.
“We continue to position Dublin as the airport for the whole country,” said Harrison. “We’re strengthening connectivity, promoting Dublin as a key gateway to North America with its unique US CBP offering.”
Ireland is in a comparatively strong position economically. While the European Commission expects the EU average GDP to reduce by 7.4% in 2020, Ireland is forecast to reduce by 2.3%. And the country expects to return to economic growth in 2021.
“Our current focus is on working closely with our existing airline partners to maintain and build services, and work with new airlines to attract services to new destinations in a post-coronavirus environment.”
Important in this is Dublin’s new runway, which is still on track to be operational in 2022.