In what is a historical route, Delta (DL) has decided to launch a seasonal service to Dublin (DUB) from Boston (BOS).
It is for the summer season and commences in May and runs till October – it will be available for booking soon. This new flight gives SkyTeam fliers another option for their European getaways and the fact that its for the summer season is a good indicator that DL is looking into making it a yearly addition.
The current service from Boston to Ireland is served by oneworld carrier Aer Lingus, and given traffic numbers it does seem as though their daily offering is not enough to fulfill demand – they are operating at close to a 100% load factor – a highly unusual occurrence and showing just how undeserved this market seems to be.
Delta had this to say about their new flights:
“We are excited to be launching additional flights from Dublin and we will be offering almost 13,000 weekly seats between Ireland and the United Sates for the summer 2017 season,” said Dwight James, Delta’s senior vice president transatlantic. “Dublin is the fastest growing EU city in terms of US visitor numbers since 2011, with an increase of 9% year-over-year, and Delta’s new flight will help support this continued growth, benefiting the local economy.”
Dublin Airport was also very pleased with their new addition, stating that:
“We’re thrilled that Delta is launching a third transatlantic service from Dublin Airport. This new daily service to Boston will offer additional choice and convenience for passengers on both sides of the Atlantic and the added connectivity it will bring will further boost the already strong tourism and trade links between the US and Ireland.”
Another huge plus for passengers is that they will be able to avail of US pre-clerance which means passengers will arrive in the United States as domestic passengers, having been cleared for immigration and customs in Dublin (DUB is one of a few airports in the world to have this facility) so its an easy transit point from Europe to the US for SkyTeam passengers.
Definitely saves time upon arrival in the US.
The official press release confirmed this, mentioning:
Passengers travelling on Delta’s new service to Boston will use US pre clearance facilities at Dublin meaning passengers save time on arrival in the US by completing all the necessary immigration and customs checks prior to departure. The only queue a pre cleared passenger encounters on arrival in the US is the taxi queue to their final destination.
All in all, this is a great addition to the DL network and after some cut backs to their European routes this is a welcome move on the part of the airline and a very beneficial for SkyTeam elites based on the East Coast. It also gives folks another option to Dublin from the US which at the moment Aer Lingus has a stranglehold on – which will only drive down prices.
That DL beat UA and AA to this one is a credit to them – and we expect some great summer deals to Ireland with this new flight. Anyone for some mashed peas and Guinness??