From Denver to Dalaman, Croatia to Crete, I’ve got 10 new holiday destinations from Ireland in 2024 to inspire your next vacation.
There is nothing like exploring a new destination, and if there is a direct flight from Ireland to get you there, all the better! However, unlike last year, where we had 26 new routes announced by January, new holiday destinations from Ireland in 2024 are few and far between. That being said, there are some crackers…
We will have direct flights to Denver, Colorado for the first time, as well as a brand new carrier, JetBlue flying to New York and Boston – but will we see a reduction in flight prices?
There are some routes worth highlighting in Europe too. The return of direct flights to Catania will be a delight for White Lotus fans, while Aer Lingus new services to Heraklion in Crete and Dalaman in Turkey from Dublin, as well as Cork airport’s new routes to Rhodes and Zadar with Ryanair, will surely prove popular with Irish holidaymakers.
Belfast and Derry should not be overlooked either, where new services include Tunisia, Cyprus and Menorca.
I’ve picked 10 new holiday destinations from Ireland below, let’s hope I will have some more to add to this list very soon.
New holiday destinations from Dublin airport in 2024
1. Denver, Colorado, USA
It is very exciting to see a brand new route to Denver from Ireland, the gateway to Rocky Mountains! Embrace the great outdoors – go hiking, try white water rafting, and visit Breckenridge, this epic resort is open during the summer months too.
The new service starts in May and will operate four times weekly from Dublin airport with Aer Lingus. It is one of the most interesting new holiday destinations from Ireland and one of a number of new routes to USA in 2024 from Dublin airport.Search flights here Search hotels
2. Minneapolis-St Paul, Minnesota
The Minneapolis-St Paul route is back and would you believe it will be served by both Aer Lingus and Delta Airlines, from the 29th of April and 9th May respectively.
Experience two cities in one and enjoy tax free shopping at America’ largest Mall, or combine with a trip to neighbouring Canada or Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes.Search flights here Search hotels
Additional new North America flights from Dublin airport in 2024.
3. New York & Boston with Jet Blue
While New York and Boston are not exactly new routes from Ireland in 2024, the introduction of flights from JetBlue from Ireland for the first time is worth highlighting. You will find both economy and business class services on board.
Many were convinced that this additional competition would see a reduction in airfares, and while prices are low off peak, I haven’t seen any reductions for the summer months yet. Flights will operate from Dublin airport to JFK and Boston from 13th March.Search flights here Search hotels
Also worth mentioning is that that WestJet will re-start their services to Toronto from 1st of March and Halifax from 19th of June, which were suspended for the 2023 summer schedule to cope with capacity constraints.
New routes to Europe in 2024 from Dublin airport
4. Catania, Sicily
Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and boasts stunning scenery, glorious beaches and a choice of holiday resorts. It has an interesting past which is reflected in its ancient towns and monuments that can be seen throughout the island.
The hugely popular TV series The White Lotus showcased Sicily’s stunning scenery and the beautiful hilltop town of Taormina, which is just an hour away from Catania. I had the pleasure of staying in Taormina many years ago and trust me, it deserves all the praise it gets!
Flights to Catania will start from May 1st and operate three times a week from Dublin airport by Aer Lingus – this is sure to be one of the most popular new holiday destinations from Ireland in 2024.Search flights here Search hotels
5. Heraklion, Crete
Crete is Greece’s largest island and the new service to Heraklion from Dublin airport will be warmly welcomed by couples, families and groups. There are two airports in Crete, Heraklion and Chania and you can discover isolated beaches on one side of the island or dance until the small hours on the other.
If you are looking for ultimate luxury, check out the Stella Island Luxury Resort & Spa. Often called the Maldives of Europe, this 5-star luxury resort has over water bungalows and is located just 25 minutes from Heraklion airport.
Aer Lingus will fly twice weekly from Dublin to Heraklion from May 2nd.Search flights here Search hotels
6. Dalaman, Turkey
If you are looking for low cost flights from Dublin this summer, Dalaman might be one to watch. Aer Lingus surprised us by announcing a new twice weekly service from April 6th, which compliments the existing service offered by Ryanair on the same route.
Located in the southwest of Turkey you can enjoy the bustling resorts of Marmaris as well as traditional old towns and bazaars. The beaches here are some of the best in Turkey as are its mountainous walks. There is a wide selection of accommodation to choose from here, from all inclusive family resorts to luxury boutique hotels.Search flights here Search hotels
New holiday destinations from Cork airport in 2024
Cork airport is having a moment, with 2023 being the busiest year for international passengers through its 62-year history. Ryanair announced 23 destinations during the winter, including new routes to Barcelona, Fuerteventura, Seville and Venice, and some of these will continue year round. The new Aer Lingus service from Cork to Lyon is also proving popular with skiers.
However, the latest news of the first-ever direct flights between Cork and Greece, and the new summer service to Zadar in Croatia, has seen locals rejoice at the new holiday destinations available to them.
A new service Charleroi near Brussels has also been announced and should appeal to business travellers.
7. Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese Islands in Greece and boasts a rich historical past mixed with modern resorts and luxurious hotels. Rhodes Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage City and the Colossus of Rhodes is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. I’m pretty sure you will in love with the whitewashed, picture perfect village of Lindos too – it is a must visit on any holiday to Rhodes.
Flights from Cork to Rhodes with Ryanair are twice weekly from June.Search flights here Search hotels
8. Zadar, Croatia
With flights operating in recent years to Zadar Airport from Dublin, this part of Croatia is becoming more and more popular with Irish holidaymakers. Families must act fast to book Zaton Holiday Resort, which offers a combination of mobile homes and one and two-bedroom apartments.
The city of Zadar is also a popular choice for city breaks as you will find medieval churches next to cosmopolitan cafés. It is also the closest airport to visit the outstanding beauty of the Plitvice Lakes National Park.
Flights from Cork to Zadar will commence June 3rd and operate twice weekly.Search flights here Search hotels
New holiday destinations from Belfast in 2024
Belfast will have the largest number of new routes from Ireland in 2024, partly due to one of Northern Ireland’s leading tour operators, Travel Solutions, new flights from Belfast City airport to Menorca, Reus, Lisbon and Venice this summer.
Jet 2 have got in on the action too, with new routes to Bodrum and Malta from Belfast International airport, and watch out for a new winter service to Funchal, Madeira, starting November 4th.
Easyjet and TUI will compete on new services to Larnaca (Cyprus) and Enfidha (Tunisia) from Belfast International Airport, and the services to Alicante and Palma from Belfast City airport will ensure lots of choice for Summer sun.
However, my two top picks are Cyprus and Malta, mainly due to the competition on the route – I’m expecting good value could be found here.
9. Larnaca, Cyprus
Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean and is full of culture, history and white sandy beaches. However, the choice of Larnaca over Paphos is surely to capitalise on holidaymakers looking to enjoy the lively resorts of Ayia Napa and Limassol.
For families, couples and groups looking for somewhere different to explore this summer, but still want a typical holiday resort with late lights and beach days, then Larnaca may be one to watch.Search Easyjet Search TUI here
For a small island in the Mediterranean, Malta sure packs a few punches. Its natural beauty can be seen in the many limestone cliffs, turquoise waters and hidden coves that are dotted around the island, and it is also home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Take a boat trip to the famous Blue Lagoon, go snorkelling in its crystal clear waters, or get lost in the colourful old streets of Valletta.
With Jet2‘s service starting just in time for Easter holidays ( March 28th ) and Ryanair following shortly afterwards, April 2nd, there are plenty of opportunities to pick up a bargain.Search Jet2 here Search Ryanair Search hotels
Other new routes from Irish airports in 2024.
The launch of the new Winter route from Ireland West Knock airport to Tenerife will be continued during the Summer season, and the Barcelona Girona season has been extended and will now start in April and operate twice weekly. There will also be an increase in flights to Faro ( Algarve ) from 3 times weekly to 4 times weekly.
Shannon airport has nothing new to declare as of yet, (bar Delta airlines restarting their route from Shannon to JFK) but perhaps they will surprise us soon!
Derry airport should not be overlooked. With new services to Faro and Palma from Travel Solutions, this could suit Northern Ireland residents as well as holidaymakers from nearby Donegal.
Top Tip: Check the new routes from 2023 too!
We tend to book familiar destinations such as Spain, Portugal and Greece, but there were many new routes launched from Ireland over the past few years that are often forgotten.
Check out Kos, Brindisi, Olbia and Cleveland, all launched by Aer Linugus last year, and Menorca, Porto and Trieste from Ryanair. And, don’t forget the new Brittany Ferries service from Rosslare to Bilbao and the direct flight from Dublin to Bergen with Wideroe.
I hope these new holiday destinations from Ireland in 2024 will help you with your travel plans this year. I will be adding to the list as soon as any new routes from Ireland are announced, so bookmark or pin this post for future reference.
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