Ireland’s flagship carrier Aer Lingus recently announced it will be launching new flights services to two U.S. destinations in September this year. The airline will launch direct flights from Dublin to Newark (New Jersey) starting from September 1, 2016. The flights will be operated daily. During the same month the airline will also start operating flights to Hartford (Connecticut) starting September 28. The new flights would be launched from Dublin and operated four-times per week. The airline is currently conducting flights services on 10 transatlantic routes, eight of them being to North American cities.
A spokesperson of Aer Lingus said that the customers traveling from the UK can take advantage of the pre-clearance U.S. Customs and Immigration facilities, which would allow them to conveniently pass through domestic channels without any hassles whatsoever upon landing in the United States.
Aer Lingus in a statement said that its one-stop transatlantic services from Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham via Dublin witnessed a y-o-y growth of 18 percent. Moreover, other UK gateways of Aer Lingus have also reported significant double-digit growth. The airline revealed as per the data received Manchester proved to be the most popular embarkation point for the residents of UK travelling on transatlantic routes. This was closely followed by Birmingham and London Heathrow airports.
Apart from this, trade body ACI Europe also released a data recently showing that Dublin Airport, main hub of Aer Lingus, emerged as the fastest growing major airport in Europe during the first half of 2016. Dublin Airport has firmly ensconced itself as Europe’s fifth-largest transatlantic gateway, with Aer Lingus boosting its flights services to various North American destinations, including Los Angeles, Connecticut, Hartford, New Jersey, Newark, Toronto, San Francisco, Orlando, Washington, Chicago, Boston and New York. The customers traveling on all transatlantic routes are offered complimentary drinks and meal, and free 23 kg checked baggage allowance. Transatlantic connections presently offered by Aer Lingus are offered from 19 UK airports, including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester.