EI121 wrote:With Cathay, Icelandic, Air Canada and Aer Lingus is there any more routes we could see being announced? I know Hanian is still in the pipeline but doesn't seem to be going anywhere fast?
2018 will be another fantastic year for DUB!
Cathay Pacific's service will only really be viable for Northeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand - much of Southeast Asia will require too much back-tracking. As such, I think a Singapore Airlines A350 service to SIN, or a Norwegian 787 service to BKK or SIN, would fit in nicely to the overall scheme of things - both the A350 and 787 can get around DUB's short runway for Asian flights.
Norwegian would probably be more likely, as it seeks to beef up its Irish presence given its part-Irish registration, its Irish crew base, and as a dig at MOL/FR.
I also strongly believe that there is scope for another route to Northeast Asia, being either Air China or Hainan Airlines to PEK, Korean Air to ICN or Japan Airlines to NRT (all on 787 equipment). China Eastern Airlines do not have 787s or A350s yet to be able to fly to DUB, while China Southern Airlines have far bigger ports in Europe to conquer first, before they attempt DUB.
Aside from these, I also see scope in 2018 for:
- Aer Lingus or Delta to SEA (to capture tech-related traffic - think Microsoft, Amazon, Expedia etc - SEA is the fastest growing city in the USA)
- Aer Lingus or American Airlines to DFW (in line with the likely JV, and potential Oneworld membership)
- Qatar Airways to DOH (second daily, as it seeks to further grow in Europe as a defence against the GCC crisis, and take advantage of Etihad's financial woes)
- Austrian Airlines to VIE (has anyone seen how high Aer LIngus' fares are to VIE?)
Beyond this, I am hopeful for the development of:
- Air India to DEL (given the need to diversify trading markets post-Brexit)
- Norwegian to EZE (to link to their proposed hub there)
- Emirates to DXB (capacity increase to A380, once DUB is ready for this)
- Aer Lingus (seasonal) to CPT