Delta Air Lines has announced a new direct service to Boston, growing its network to three destinations from Dublin.
The summer flight, scheduled from May 26 to October 27 next year, will add to Delta’s existing routes to New York (JFK) and Atlanta.
The daily service will hook passengers into Delta’s North American network, and compete with Aer Lingus and United’s Boston routes.
Flight DL155 will depart Dublin at 10.25am, and Boston at 9.10pm, using a narrow-body Boeing 757-200 with both business and economy seats.
The announcement was welcomed by Dublin Airport as transatlantic travel is increasing out of the capital city.
Dublin Airport managing director, Vincent Harrison, said he was delighted to welcome the new Delta service.
“We’re thrilled that Delta is launching a third transatlantic service from Dublin Airport.
“This new daily service to Boston will offer additional choice and convenience for passengers on both sides of the Atlantic and the added connectivity it will bring will further boost the already strong tourism and trade links between the US and Ireland.”
A record 2.4 million transatlantic passengers travelled to and from Dublin Airport last year and this figure is set to increase further in 2016. More than one million people used Dublin Airport to connect to or from transatlantic destinations in 2015.
Dwight James, Delta’s senior vice president of Trans Atlantic said:
“Dublin is the fastest growing EU city in terms of US visitor numbers since 2011.
“Delta’s new flight will help support this continued growth.”
The news comes at the same time as Aer Lingus launched its latest North American route, a direct service between Dublin and Hartford, Connecticut.
Delta has also announced routes from JFK to Lisbon and Berlin.