Published on April 20th, 2020 | by Alan Dwyer


New United Airlines Cargo Service to Dublin

United Airlines has started a new three times weekly cargo service from Washington-Dulles Airport to Dublin. The new service started on 14th April with an 1800 departure from Washington to Dublin and an early morning arrival on the following day. The flight carries general cargo and temperature-controlled goods plus pharmaceuticals & medical supplies manufactured by Irish based companies. The flight is operated by the airlines’ new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in passenger configuration but does not carry any passengers due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Following on from the introduction of a dedicated cargo service by American Airlines from Dallas-Forth Worth to Dublin on 13th April, the new United Airlines service will help provide the Irish economy with a vital bridge to the global markets and the US market which is one of the biggest marketplaces for Irish companies.

The effect of the Coronavirus virus crisis is having a dramatic consequences for airlines and airports around the world. Aer Lingus continue to operate a skeleton service to the United States with a daily service to New York JFK and Chicago O’Hare, and a five day per week service to Boston.

Etihad Airways Dreamliner used on their repatriation flights to Dublin

Other long haul services operating into Dublin Airport from the east are the Aer Lingus service from Beijing which continue to bring Personal Protective Equipment (PPE ) for the HSE and other front line workers. Qatar Airways have had a reduced three services per week from Doha allowing Irish citizens an access route home from the Middle East, Far East and Australasia. Both Etihad and Emirates have cancelled their regular services to Dublin but Etihad have announced that three repatriation flights will take place this month on 16th, 20th and 22nd. Emirates have completely scaled back their worldwide operations although they have said that they will operate a daily Dubai – Dublin service from 1st July and add a second daily service from 1st September.

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