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A new twice-daily flight from Dublin to Amsterdam has been announced

And Tourism Ireland is very happy about the news.

Image: KLM/Facebook

KLM HAS ANNOUNCED it will launch a new flight service between Amsterdam and Dublin.

The Dutch airline will operate two daily return flights from Dublin Airport to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol from 30 October.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, welcomed the news, saying: “Today’s announcement by KLM is more good news for Irish tourism as we head into the high season.

“Not only will it help grow visitor numbers from the Netherlands, but this new flight will offer connectivity from other important tourism markets, including North America, Asia and the Middle East.

As an island, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism.

Gibbons added that Ireland has “seen excellent growth in visitor numbers from the Benelux countries (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg) so far again this year”.

The most recent CSO figures, for February to April, show that an extra 21,100 visitors from these countries came here compared with the same three-month period in 2015 – a 31% increase.

KLM has not operated in Ireland for 50 years.

Fares will start from €99 return and can be booked on the airline’s website from today.

airport Source: Dublin Airport

Vincent Harrison, Dublin Airport’s managing director, said: “After five decades away, we’re delighted to welcome KLM back to Dublin Airport. This new service will offer enhanced choice and connectivity to passengers travelling to Amsterdam and also for those connecting to onward destinations from the Schiphol hub.”

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