American to Dublin from JFK

American Airlines has announced plans to begin a new route between JFK and Dublin from next summer.

Beginning June 12, 2013, American Airlines will add service between New York JFK and Dublin, the carrier said in a release from its headquarters in Dallas/Fort Worth.

American will operate this route in conjunction with American's Atlantic joint business partners, British Airways and Iberia. Customers can begin booking travel for this route beginning Nov. 4, the company aid in the statement.

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"American Airlines and the Port Authority have been great business partners over the decades, having jointly served tens of millions of our region's air passengers," said Pat Foye, Executive Director of the Port Authority of NY & NJ.

"Their plans to provide new international service from JFK International Airport to Dublin, Ireland is encouraging news as they restructure. We'll continue to support their efforts to remain a strong employer in the New York and New Jersey region," he said.

The news, not surprisingly, was warmly welcomed in Ireland where tourism leaders are making final preparations for "The Gathering 2013."

during his recent visit to the U.S., Irish tourism minister, Leo Varadkar, expressed hope that airline seating capacity over the Atlantic would rise next year while prices go down.

"Tourism from the United States to Ireland has performed very well in recent years, and the new American Airlines service means that next year will be even better," said Niall Gibbons, Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland, by way of reaction to the announcement by American.

"We have been proud to partner with American for many years, and we look forward to working closely with them to ensure the success of this very welcome new service," he said.

According to American, the New York JFK to Dublin flight will by covered by Boeing 757-200 aircraft with 22 first class seats and 166 main cabin seats.