Since Emirates’ inaugural flight from Dublin on 9 January 2012, the airline has connected over 442,000 passengers on its daily Dublin to Dubai route, carrying over 22,000 tonnes of cargo and supporting Irish exports including seafood, chocolates, beef and Botox. Emirates employs 442 Irish nationals and established a dedicated reservations office in Dublin in 2012.
It has been reported by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing that visitor numbers from Ireland to Dubai increased by 14% in 2013 compared with 2012.
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, joined Emirates’ President, Tim Clark in Dubai on 9 January 2014 to mark the second anniversary of the airline’s operation in Dublin and discuss future business opportunities between Irish companies and Emirates.
An Taoiseach, President of Emirates Tim Clark and Margaret Shannon, head of Emirates in Ireland.
The official visit took place as part of the Irish Government Trade Mission to Gulf States where An Taoiseach was accompanied by a trade delegation of Irish businesses, as well as the Irish Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Patrick Hennessy, and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD.
Emirates announced plans for the commencement of a second daily service to Dublin later this year and confirmed: “Emirates is keen to expand its presence in Ireland and confirms that we plan to start a second daily service to Dublin later this year. We believe there is a growing demand for convenient air travel connections between Dublin to Dubai and onwards to our extensive network of over 135 global destinations. We look forward to working with our partners and stakeholders in Ireland to ensure the realization of our plans for the double daily service to Dublin.”