Emirates eyeing Ireland flights launch - top exec

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Emirates Airline is considering scheduled flights to Ireland, a senior executive at the Dubai-based carrier has told Arabian Business.

“That is something which we do keep looking at. Ireland would work for us,” Maurice Flanagan, executive vice chairman of the Dubai government-owned airline told Arabian Business in an interview.

In 2005, when Dermot Mannion, a former Emirates’ president of group support services, was appointed CEO of Aer Lingus he attempted to operate a service between Dubai and Dublin.

However, the route was not successful and the Irish national carrier ceased flying between Dubai and the Irish capital in March 2008.

“It didn’t work for Aer Lingus because Dermot’s model was a low cost one and it wouldn’t work. Ireland would be good as there are good family connections between Ireland and Australia, which the VFR (visiting friends and relatives) traffic itself would be quite substantial. We can’t do everything but we will be there sooner or later,” Flanagan added.

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways began flying to Dublin in July 2007 and it is now one of its most successful routes. From March this year, it increased its number of flights to Dublin to ten per week, an increase of 150 percent in less than three years

James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ CEO, said: “Dublin has been one of our most successful ever destination launches, with more than 300,000 people flying on these services since launch and an average seat factor of 80 percent.”

In January 2009, Etihad signed a codesharing deal with Irish airline Aer Arann, which gave the Abu Dhabi carrier access to regional hubs such as Cork, Galway and the Isle of Man.

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Posted by: ms bluff

but when Emirates going to fly from ireland

Posted by: linu thomas

Excellent news for Indians travelling from Ireland to India, we are waiting for this launch, so we have more options to fly to india from dublin avoiding UK

Posted by: rg

we are looking fly in EK in comming months preferably before august

Posted by: I.Ahmed

Positive approach and i am sure Emirates will have a lot of loyal passengers to fly from /via emirates to Dublin. Earnestly waiting for the route opening and to fly with Emirates to Dublin. Credit to Mr. Maurice...

Posted by: Madhukumar

This is a very good news for the people of Republic of Ireland. Once the Emirates begin the service we will have more option to fly the middle east countries, asia, indian subcontinent and far east. Excellent. waiting for an early arrival of Emirates to Dublin.

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