QANTAS747-438 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1804 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 613 times:
Yeah, I was in Shannon, Ireland and they had a Delta flight that came in straight from Atlanta. I wanna say it was a 777, if not a 767, I'm not sure. I'm not too sure why they do this, but I just wanted to confirm that they do fly there. Possibly they can pick up more people in Dublin on the return flight home.
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OA412 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 4981 posts, RR: 25 Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 612 times:
The only other scheduled US carrier currently serving Ireland is CO and they do indeed fly nonstop EWR-DUB. However, all US carriers flying between the US and Ireland are forced to fly an equal number of weekly flights to both DUB and SNN. As a result, CO also flies a EWR-SNN flight. DL on the other hand alternates. 3 times a week they fly ATL-SNN-DUB and 4 times a week they fly ATL-DUB-SNN.
This rule was implemented by the Irish government to help protect Western Ireland and especially SNN after it ceased to be a mandatory refueling stop for transatlantic flights once longer range aircraft became available. It should be noted that EI are not subject to this same rule. Anyway, if you ask me this move is highly anti-competitive and should be scrapped ASAP. In fact, there has been a rumour floating around that indicates that DL has threatened to pull out of Ireland if the mandatory SNN stop continues to be imposed.