Published on April 26th, 2020 | by Mark Dwyer


Dublin Airport Facilitating Essential Cargo Flights

Dublin Airport remains open during the COVID-19 crisis and is primarily facilitating essential cargo flights to maintain Ireland’s vital chain supply, receive medical PPE and to export pharma goods. Shannon Airport has, for possibly the first time in living memory, curtailed its hours of operation and is no longer available 24 hours per day. Shannon has always been available as an enroute alternate for traffic crossing the Atlantic but now is only available from 0600 local to 2200 local each day (except for Search & Rescue which remains 24/7). Both Dublin and Cork Airports remain open 24 hours per day.

To highlight the role Dublin Airport is playing in facilitating freight, they have published a list of flights arriving into the airport. For many members of the public, it appears that passengers are still arriving into Dublin, it most cases it is just passenger aircraft being used to ferry freight in the cargo hold only.

Just over one million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport in March, a 57% decline compared to the same month last year. Passenger volumes to and from continental Europe fell by 60%, with more than 491,000 passengers travelling to continental European destinations last month. Figures for April are expected to be in excess of a 95% decline.

Airline Frequency Destination Freight Carried
Aer Lingus Daily Charter Beijing, China Medical PPE
Aer Lingus Daily Scheduled New York & Chicago, US Belly freight
Fed Ex Daily Paris, France Express cargo medical and pharma
Fed Ex Feeder Mon – Thursday Paris, France Medical freight outbound only
DHL Daily East Midlands, UK Express cargo medical and pharma
UPS Twice Daily Cologne, Germany Express cargo medical and pharma
TNT Daily Liége, Belgium Express cargo
Bluebird Cargo Daily Keflavik, Iceland Freight
Carousel Daily Maastrict, Netherlands Freight
Qatar 4 x weekly Doha, Qatar Belly cargo
MNG Cargo One off charter – Thursday 9thApril Istanbul, Turkey Medical freight
Delta Airlines One off charter – Friday 10thApril Atlanta, US Pharma
United Airlines 3 x times weekly Washington, US Belly Freight
American Airlines 1 x weekly Tuesday/ Wednesday 14th/15th April Dallas, US Belly Freight
Etihad Airlines 4 charter flights Abu Dhabi, UAE Belly Freight
Air France 1 x weekly scheduled Dedicated cargo Paris, France Dedicated freighter
Hainan Airlines 3 x charter flights Beijing & Shenzhen Medical PPE
El Al One off charter Tel Aviv Medical PPE from China


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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