Boost as Emirates starts Dublin flight
AVIATION history was made today when the very first Emirates airliner touched down in Ireland.
The world's fastest growing airline will provide a daily service between Dubai and Dublin, kicking off with today's inaugural flight which flew into Dublin at around 11am this morning.
The launch of Emirates Irish route is a very welcome shot in the arm for the economy here, and for Irish air travellers who have never had as much choice for long haul flights.
The arrival of Emirates will add stiff competition to the Etihad Service between Dublin and Abu Dhabi which operates 10 flights a week.
On today's historic flight were Tim Clark, President, Emirates airline; Irish Ambassador to the UAE, Ciaran Madden; Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar TD and Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland. First Officer was Dublin man, Nigel Vivash.
"Today's launch is a tremendous development for both Irish business and Irish tourism", said Mr Clark.
"We are now connecting Ireland not only to Dubai, but also to over 100 destinations throughout the world."
Emirates are basing their projected success of the route to the fact that there are 68m people of Irish descent around the world, and that there are 5,000 Irish people living in the UAE.
However, the real winner will come from the huge numbers of Irish people who travel to Australia, Thailand and South Africa each year and who will use Dubai as a hub on their route.