Is easyJet returning to Dublin Airport in Ireland? The current news surrounding slots does indicate that something could be changing for the carrier.
Based on preliminary slot data for the Winter season 2023, it appears to be the case that easyJet will be returning to Dublin, Ireland for the first time since 2006.
This represents a hiatus of around 17 years, with this understood to be operated under the easyJet Europe subsidiary.
Without further ado, let’s get into it…
What Routes Will easyJet Be Operating from Dublin, Ireland?
As mentioned by @tofly_totravel on Twitter, the ACL slots state that easyJet has secured slots, but no confirmation of the “destination”, singular at this time.
With this being singular, it does look like it will be the one route to start with from Dublin, Ireland, but re-entering the Irish market is a big deal for the carrier.
It would potentially have to be a destination that is either going to be popular for the population in the area, or one that they can successfully compete with Ryanair on.
Either way, it will be very interesting to see what that destination will be.
Beginning of Bringing The Battle to Ryanair?
Depending on the amount of slots secured, as well as the destinations they intend to serve in the Winter, could this be the start of bringing the battle to Ryanair, who dominates Dublin Airport as a stronghold for its Ireland operations?
Maybe so. Although it is very early to tell, this would provide significant competition out of the airport, and through the Austrian AOC that easyJet has, it would definitely make things interesting.
For easyJet to have any kind of presence within Dublin Airport against rivals Ryanair, it would need to base a significant number of aircraft there.
However, recent upgrades to the Ireland-based airport will enable more space and more slots to be utilized within the airport.
This is a very exciting development because if easyJet does well initially out of Ireland, a market they haven’t touched for over 15 years, then this will be an interesting change in the dynamic of the local airline scene.
Of course, these slots are subject to change at any point, so it could end up that the plans to serve Dublin may not happen, but all eyes will be on easyJet later in the year to make these announcements.