Aer Lingus to Expand Long-Haul Flying, Adding Service to Los Angeles, Newark, and Hartford
Aer Lingus announced plans to increase its long-haul service across the Atlantic by 33% in 2016.
The airline plans to add non-stop flights linking Dublin, Ireland with Los Angeles; Newark, New Jersey; and Hartford, Connecticut. The move will increase Aer Lingus’ transatlantic seat capacity to over two million seats annually, according to the airline.
Flights from Newark and Hartford will start in September 2016 and operate daily, while the Los Angeles service will commence in May and operate five times per week. The new destinations bring the total number of cities served in North America to 12, including Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and Toronto.
The new routes are part of a strategy initiated by Aer Lingus’ new parent, IAG, and represents “our keenness to develop Dublin as another key hub within the Group,” said IAG’s chief executive, Willie Walsh. The company sees this as the “the first step in our plans to add North American destinations, bring new aircraft into the fleet, increase passenger numbers and create new jobs,” he added.
“The introduction of these three routes will open up new tourism and business opportunities with improved connectivity through our Dublin Gateway,” said Stephen Kavanagh, the airline’s CEO.
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