American Airlines expands schedule of flights from Dallas-Fort Worth to Ireland
DFW-to-Dublin, here we come: American Airlines is expanding its flights to Ireland by launching year-round service between Dallas-Fort Worth and Dublin.
This is an upgrade on the current scenario, which has been seasonal, with flights from DFW to Dublin available only during the summer.
The service will begin in October.
American Airlines is also expanding its service between Dublin and Charlotte Douglas International Airport, where it has daily flights during the summer; in 2024, those will commence earlier, on March 5.
According to a release, the expansion is in response to high demand from passengers on both ends of the transatlantic routes. The move not only strengthens the connectivity between Ireland and the United States but also presents opportunities for seamless travel to other destinations in Europe.
Tourism Ireland is totally on board, says their North America head Alison Metcalfe. In 2019, the most recent "average" year prior to the pandemic, more than 1.9 million travelers from the U.S. visited Ireland, and things are back on the upswing.
"Texas is a major growth market for Irish tourism, with an increasing number of Texans choosing to vacation on the island of Ireland," Metcalfe says. Having a year-round service provides a great opportunity for visitors to experience the best of what the island of Ireland has to offer during the Fall and Winter seasons."
The country hosts tourist-friendly festivals and events year-round including the Derry Halloween and Púca festivals, which celebrate the origins of Halloween in Ireland, plus the Dublin Theatre Festival, Cork Jazz Festival, Belfast International Arts Festival, and Temple Bar TradFest.
"The US market is a key source market for Irish tourism and we recently opened a new office in San Francisco to expand our marketing footprint across the Western USA region including states such as Texas, Colorado, and Arizona," Metcalfe says.
Dublin is also a "gateway" to other cities Ireland: 90 minutes from Belfast, three hours from Cork, two hours from Galway.