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Ireland’s Gateway

Dublin is not only the capital city of the Republic of Ireland but also a vibrant and engaging place in its own right. It also has a rather busy international airport which has faithfully served for decades. Home to Aer Lingus and Ryanair, like everywhere else it has had its highs and lows but in 2019 is growing fast.

Dublin (DUB) has always had a good spread of services across Europe and particularly the UK, but it has also been an important stepping stone to the USA. Unsurprising perhaps given that the links between the two countries are quite strong, and today they are stronger still.

Left: A pair of US Boeing 757s sit on the West Apron after bringing US Vice-President Mike Pence to Ireland.

Ireland is the only European country (and one of just six globally – the other five are Aruba; Freeport and Nassau in The Bahamas; Bermuda; Abu Dhabi, UAE and in Canada at Calgary, Toronto, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver and Winnipeg) that has United States pre-clearance facilities at its airports, the other being Shannon. Pre-inspection, a forerunner to preclearance, in Ireland commenced in 1986 and was updated in 2008 to a Preclearance Agreement. Dublin is thus the only capital city in Europe with US Preclearance facilities which means that passengers save time on arrival in the US by completing all the necessary immigration and customs checks prior to even stepping on board their aircraft before the journey across the Atlantic. The only queue a pre-cleared passenger encounters on arrival in the US is the taxi queue to their final destination.

One of Air Canada's Airbus A330s is pushed back for another departure across the Atlantic