Jean Francois Dominiak, Chief Executive of Europe Airpost, was at Dublin Airport to wish bon voyage to the passengers flying to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, on the inaugural flight. He said that the carrier will consider extending the flight depending on the passenger figures and pointed out that French wine and food were an attraction in flying with Europe Airpost.
The new route, which operates from July until mid-September, offers a new direct destination in North America for Irish consumers, as well as an opportunity to boost Canadian tourist numbers to Ireland.
The boarding passengers were treated to pre-flight snacks and Europe Airpost cup cakes.
Vincent Harrison, Dublin Airport Managing Director, said he was delighted to welcome Europe Airpost’s new service to Halifax. “This is Dublin Airport’s 15th destination in North America and the fourth in Canada. The cultural and historical connections are very strong between Ireland and Halifax and I have no doubt this route will be very popular for both leisure and business passengers.”
“Europe Airpost has been a valued charter customer for Dublin Airport during the past five years and we will continue to work closely with them to promote this new service,” said Jean-Francois Dominiak. “We are very pleased to launch the inaugural route from Dublin to Halifax.
“This new route meets Europe Airpost’s strategy of diversification into scheduled flights. Halifax is a great summer destination for vacation with strong cultural links with Ireland. We are happy to offer the Irish customers the opportunity to fly to Nova Scotia during the summer season, at low fares with a great service. As a French airline it is important for us to deliver the best of French food and wine inflight for our passengers.”
Originating in Paris Charles de Gaulle, the new route will operate every Thursday leaving Dublin at 14.25 arriving in Halifax at 16.45. The return flight departs Halifax at 10.15 arriving in Dublin at 20.05. Prices start at €314 one way, including a meal and snack with French food and French wine.
This is Europe Airpost’s first schedule service from Dublin Airport. The airline is the French subsidiary of the Dublin-based ASL Aviation Group.
Halifax, the capital of Canadian province Nova Scotia, is the gateway to Atlantic Canada and has a dramatic coastline, white sandy beaches and one of the world’s largest natural harbours. Halifax has been described as urban cool wrapped up in the easy smile of a warm maritime welcome. Halifax, which is the largest city in Atlantic Canada, has been described by the Lonely Planet as “the kind of town that people flock to”.
In Nova Scotia, visitors can explore over 7,500km of rugged coastline and white sandy beaches. Visit Cape Breton’s Cabot Trail, UNESCO World Heritage sites Lunenburg and Grand Pré, Peggy’s Cove, and the Annapolis Valley.
This summer Dublin Airport will be the sixth largest airport in Europe for services to North America with 10 airlines flying 328 flights per week between Dublin and 15 separate destinations in the USA and Canada, which equates to an average of 47 flights daily to and from North America.