Dubai’s national carrier, Emirates announced the commencement of daily flights between Dublin and the Gulf from January 2012. This will be Emirates’ first route to Ireland, although Emirates SkyCargo already operates in the region.

Emirates Airline has announced its plans to operate a new daily direct service between Dublin and Dubai. The airline’s first route to the Republic of Ireland, this service aims to strengthen the region’s links with the Middle East and further connections in India, Africa, South East Asia, Australia and China.

Emirates starts off the services from the 9th of January 2012 with flight departing Dubai airport at 0700hrs and arriving in the Irish capital at 1130hrs. From Dublin, the flight is scheduled to leave at 1255hrs and arriving in Dubai at 0025hrs the subsequent day. As per sources, an Airbus A330-200 will be deployed between Dubai and Dublin. Passengers would be able to buy tickets for First, Business and Economy class. Travellers seeking cheap economy class flight tickets to Dublin from Dubai are sure to benefit from higher availability of seats added to the route by the launch of the service.

“Dublin will be our 29th route in Europe and Emirates’ customers in Ireland who currently travel through some of our UK gateways will be able to fly non-stop to our industry leading hub in Dubai and conveniently connect onwards to our broadening route network,” said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group was quoted in the company’s press release.

He continued “We see strong potential in Ireland through its industry, technology, tourism and the huge number of Irish nationals living overseas.”

Ireland has a vast population that lives overseas. Australia and the UAE are the two major markets with considerable Irish population that the Dubai-based airline hopes to tap. Other significant markets with sizable Irish population that the airline aims to include are ThailandMalaysia,SingaporeIndiaSouth AfricaHong Kong and New Zealand.

Moreover, the Republic of Ireland is a popular tourist destination that attracts heaps of tourists every year. Last year, the destination was visited by some 6.5 million tourists. The country’s remarkable history, charming countryside and other allures seem to entice people to book flights to Ireland. Emirates’ plan of providing direct link from Dubai to Dublin is sure to please vacationers in the region. While Emirates may not be an airline offering very cheap flights, its on-board services are considered among the best and worth the money spent.

Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) Chief Executive Declan Collier expressed his happiness at the development. “We are delighted to welcome Emirates Airline to Dublin,” he said.

“The significant improvements we have made to our facilities in recent years, including the opening of a new passenger terminal, was a major factor in helping to win this new business and we look forward to a successful partnership with our newest customer,” Mr Collier continued.

Emirates SkyCargo is already operating in Ireland, chiefly transporting goods through Manchester. The passenger flight operational from January next year will have 14 tonnes of bellyhold capacity and will thus augment greatly to the market.

Emirates’ Other Proposed Services

Emirates is one of the largest carriers in the world and has a fleet of 157 aircrafts. The airline, regarded as the largest A380 operator in the world, currently flies to 114 destinations in 67 countries.

Emirates has already started operations to Basra, Geneva and Copenhagen this year. Flight service to St Petersburg is scheduled to take off from 1st November with Baghdad following suit from 13th November 2011. Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires will become airline’s new connections in South America from 3rd January 2012.

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