Published on January 28th, 2018 | by Mark Dwyer


Ethiopian Airlines carries One Millionth Passenger from Dublin

Ethiopian Airlines has reached a major milestone by carrying one million passengers from Dublin Airport on its Addis Ababa and Los Angeles services. The airline is the first to connect the three continents of Africa, Europe and North America from Dublin Airport and has the accolade of being the first to operate scheduled services on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner from Dublin.

Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said “I want to congratulate Ethiopian Airlines on significant achievement. Ethiopian lunched direct services from Addis Ababa to Dublin and on to Los Angeles in June, 2015 so it is particularly impressive that the airline has reached one million passengers in such a short period of time.

“This strong passenger growth is testament to the popularity of Ethiopian Airlines which also offer connecting destinations in Africa through its Addis Ababa hub. We will continue to work closely with Ethiopian to ensure its continued success in the Irish market.”

Country Manager, Meseret Tekalign said, “Ethiopian’s steady growth since entering into the Irish market in June 2015 can be attributed to offering more choice of routes to Irish travellers with fares that are consistently competitive.”

Ethiopian operates a 4 times weekly direct service from Dublin to Los Angeles and Dublin to Addis Ababa, with onward connection to 55 African and 26 international destinations.

Ireland’s Air Traffic Grew Over 2.5% in 2017

The announcement from Ethiopian comes as the IAA confirmed that 1,135,845 total flights were handled in Ireland in 2017, a new record. This marks an increase of + 2.5% over 2016 figures.

Peter Kearney, Chief Executive Designate of the IAA said; “Ireland as an island nation is hugely dependent upon aviation. The IAA are proud to have delivered a safe service to well over 1 million flights in 2017. Aviation has opened Ireland up to the world and management of air traffic growth is a key driver of our economy.”

Total flights handled includes; total commercial terminal movements (Dublin, Cork, Shannon), North Atlantic Communications flights (Europe /US Flights) managed and En Route flights (flights, which do not land in Ireland).

  • 0% increase in North Atlantic Communications flights to 500,684 (flights between Europe/US)
  • 8% increase in En Route flights to 343,977 (flights which do not land in Ireland)
  • 3% increase in Commercial Terminal movements to 255,019 (total commercial flights at the three State Airports of Dublin, Cork and Shannon)

Main Image: Meseret Tekalign, Ethiopian Airlines Area Manager Ireland, one millionth passenger Emer Hall and partner Fergus Whelan and Dublin Airport General Manager Customer Relations, Cormac O’Connell.

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About the Author

Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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