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Dublin Airport said it has just under 1m extra seats across its route network this winter season – 8pc up on this time last year.

Five new services started recently to coincide with the winter season. Air Arabia Maroc has launched services to Agadir, Stobart Air is offering Flybe services to London Southend and Ryanair has launched services to Munich and Naples and it will also add Stuttgart to its route network in the coming weeks.

Ten services which started during the summer season will operate this winter schedule for the first time. Several airlines are also increasing frequency to 14 other destinations this winter.

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Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said: “We have been working closely with existing and new airlines to strengthen our route network so we can offer further choices and greater flexibility for customers.”

Passenger numbers have increased by 6pc so far this year, with more than 25.3m passengers  (up 1.4m) using the airport between January and October.

“There is much to look forward to in 2018 as Air Canada will operate direct services to Montreal, Aer Lingus will operate a new transatlantic route to Philadelphia, Cathay Pacific is launching direct flights to Hong Kong, Iceland Air will fly to Reykjavik and Ryanair will add Paphos in Cyprus and Marrakesh in Morocco to its route network next year,” Mr Harrison added.

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