Delta Air Lines Announces Major Expansion of Its Scheduled Air Services Into Ireland for 2006

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NEW YORK, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ — Delta Air Lines today announced plans for a significant expansion of its transatlantic scheduled daily services into Ireland for 2006. The carrier will offer a new daily scheduled service out of New York’s JFK Airport to Dublin and Shannon. The carrier will also add additional daily services out of Atlanta to Dublin and Shannon.

When the expanded service schedule is in place next year, Delta Air Lines will operate a total of three daily flights from the U.S. to Ireland: one daily nonstop scheduled flight from Atlanta into Shannon and one daily nonstop scheduled flight from Atlanta into Dublin. The airline will also operate its new nonstop flight from JFK to Dublin, which will travel on to Shannon before returning to New York.

Mr. Jim McGuigan, Executive Vice President in the United States for the Tourism Ireland based in New York, said “The announcement today by Delta Air Lines of its plans for a major expansion of its 2006 scheduled air service into Ireland is most welcome news for Ireland’s tourism industry. We are particularly gratified that a carrier with such long-standing, hands-on experience of transatlantic air services into the Emerald Isle is expressing such confidence in Ireland’s travel destination product. This validates Tourism Ireland’s long-held belief that there continues to be substantial growth potential in the transatlantic travel business into Ireland from the U.S. market.”

Paul O’Toole, Chief Executive, Tourism Ireland commented “We are pleased that Delta Air Lines has decided to upgrade its service into Ireland from the United States. The airline has been a valuable travel trade partner with Ireland’s tourism industry for many years. The decision is based on a substantial fund of knowledge about the quality of Ireland’s destination product. Clearly, it is also a decision that results from an intensive review of the performance and potential of routes into Ireland for the airline. Indeed, the expansion being undertaken represents the biggest route service increases for 2006 to any destination within the route network served by Delta Air Lines.”

The New York (JFK) to Dublin/Shannon route is one that Delta Air Lines has served in the past. The major expansion of its services into Ireland through the Atlanta gateway will see an additional aircraft dedicated to this route during 2006.

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