Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes the arrival of the inaugural Aer Lingus flight from Philadelphia to Dublin. The four times weekly service will help boost tourism from the all-important US market this year, offering more choice to prospective American visitors living in Philadelphia.
Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s Head of North America, said: “The new Aer Lingus service between Philadelphia and Dublin is good news for tourism to the island of Ireland. We already work very closely with Aer Lingus and we look forward to co-operating with them to maximise the promotion of this new service from Philadelphia. As an island, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism.
“In 2017, we welcomed a record 1.83 million North American visitors to the island of Ireland. In 2018, we are confident that our strategy – combined with more airline seats than ever before from the US, as well as the strength and competitiveness of the vacation experience right around the island of Ireland – will deliver further growth. Our aim is to deliver a +5% increase in visitor numbers and +7% increase in revenue from North America in 2018.”