CANADIAN AIRLINE WESTJET has announced it will begin a daily summer service from Dublin to Newfoundland from next June.
The new route, which will operate from June to October, is the airline’s first European destination. This latest announcement means Dublin Airport will have four new transatlantic services next summer, being the total number of North American destinations served from Dublin to 13.
Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) today welcomed the announcement with Chief Executive Kevin Toland commenting that the new route will strengthen the airport’s growth.
Minister Leo Varadakar said that the new service will bring extra visitors to Ireland next summer and further develop the close links between Ireland and Newfoundland.
“I travelled to Newfoundland as part of a tourism and trade mission and there are very strong cultural and diaspora links between Ireland and the province,” he said.
Newfoundland was the site of the earliest migration from Ireland to North America, especially from Ireland’s south-east. Known as ‘Talamh an Eisc’ in Irish, the land of fish, Newfoundland is the only place name outside of Ireland or Britain which has a distinctive Gaelic name. This new route offers opportunities to develop connections and co-operation in the area of oil and gas, fisheries and maritime.
The new WestJet service will operate daily from June 15 until October 5, with a flight time of less than five hours on a 136-seat Boeing 737-700 aircraft. Flights will depart Dublin at 8.20am arriving in St John’s at 9.55am with the return flight leaving St John’s at 11.15pm and arriving in Dublin at 7am the next morning.
It will also offer connections via St John’s to Toronto (on the same aircraft), and to other cities such as Ottawa, Halifax, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, and Winnipeg.
Dublin Airport had 19.1 million passengers in 2012 and passenger numbers are up 5 per cent so far this year.