Dublin Airport Authority has joined Delta Air Lines in celebrating the airline’s 25 years of flying between Dublin and the USA.
Congratulating Delta on 25 years of service, Vincent Harrison, DAA’s Director of Strategy, said: “Delta has been a much valued and successful partner for Dublin Airport throughout a quarter of a century of doing business at the airport.”
Delta’s maiden flight to Dublin in June 1988 was via Shannon from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and was operated by a Lockheed L-1011-500 wide-body aircraft. The service initially started as five times weekly with a 12.05pm departure from Dublin, and a journey time of 10 hours. Today, Delta’s daily Dublin-Atlanta route is non-stop and serviced by an Airbus A330-200 with a journey time of 8h 29m.
“There are important ancestral, economic and tourism links between Ireland and the USA and Delta has a long and proud history of operating between these two countries,” said Perry Cantarutti, Delta’s SVP-Europe, Middle East and Africa. “Our non-stop flights from both Dublin and Shannon provide our customers with convenient travel options to over 200 destinations throughout the USA, Latin America and the Caribbean, via our hubs of New York-JFK and Atlanta.”
Delta currently operates 24 weekly flights between Ireland and the USA. This summer Delta boosted its capacity between Dublin and New York JFK, adding three weekly flights to its all-year-round daily service and is flying daily from Dublin to Atlanta and Shannon to New York JFK. In addition to the extra weekly frequency on the route, Delta will serve its daily Dublin to New York service over the summer period.
During the summer season Dublin Airport will have 224 flights to and from Dublin and North America per week.