Aer Lingus to launch new route from Dublin to Colorado

Dublin Airport has recently announced Aer Lingus’ plans for a new direct service to Denver, Colorado, along with the relaunch of the Minneapolis-St. Paul route.

Aer Lingus is strengthening its North American network with the introduction of the new Denver and Minneapolis-St. Paul routes from Dublin. The new routes are set to launch in the summer of 2024 and will offer a wider option of travel possibilities for Dublin Airport passengers, not only between Ireland and North America but also to facilitate journeys between Europe and the United States.

Kenny Jacobs, CEO of daa: ‘This development is a testament to the partnership between Dublin Airport and Aer Lingus, affirming our shared commitment to providing diverse travel options for families, couples, solo adventurers, business passengers, and leisure seekers alike. These new routes mark a significant milestone in enhancing connectivity and unlocking novel avenues for passengers.’

The new Dublin – Denver flights will commence on May 17, 2024, offering a four-times-weekly service. Meanwhile, the relaunch of the Minneapolis-St. Paul route is scheduled for April 29, 2024, initially operating four times a week and transitioning to a daily year-round service from October onwards. The route will be serviced using the new A321XLR aircraft, joining the fleet in Winter 2024.

Lynne Embleton, Chief Executive of Aer Lingus, said, ‘Dublin’s strategic positioning, coupled with its pre-clearance facilities and deep-rooted Irish American connections, ideally positions us to bridge the Atlantic divide. With Denver and Minneapolis-St. Paul both flourishing as business hubs within the United States, these new routes will serve to fortify corporate connectivity and provide seamless access to Europe through our Dublin Hub. Moreover, the captivating allure of Denver’s Rocky Mountains and the vibrant business scene in Minneapolis-St. Paul are poised to resonate with leisure passengers.’

‘The success of our growth strategy is unmistakably evident in the remarkable achievement of 2.25 million North American seats this summer and the recent addition of Cleveland, Ohio to our network. We eagerly look forward to welcoming passengers aboard these two innovative routes in the upcoming year,’ Embleton added.

With the move, passengers departing from Denver and Minneapolis-St. Paul will experience the added convenience of onward connections to an impressive selection of 20 European cities via Dublin.

Dublin Airport announces launch of Aer Lingus flight to Cleveland, Ohio

Dublin Airport has announced the launch of a new direct service to Cleveland, Ohio by Aer Lingus.

The new service will initially operate four times a week – Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, with a plan to increase it to a daily service in the future.

Cleveland, a vibrant US city with rich industrial heritage, offers visitors a blend of history, culture, and future possibilities. Visitors of all ages can relish the city’s beautiful parklands, explore charming historic neighbourhoods, and discover trendy converted factories.

Vincent Harrison, Managing Director of Dublin Airport, said: ‘US destinations hold a special place in the hearts of Irish travellers. The connection between the United States and Ireland is not just about travel-it is about fostering relationships, creating memories, and embracing the wonderful experiences that await us across the Atlantic’.

‘I would like to acknowledge the strong working relationship between Dublin Airport and Aer Lingus. It is through hard work and collaboration that we have made this route a reality. That strong partnership between Aer Lingus and Dublin Airport has been instrumental in bringing this new route to life’ he added.

Cleveland is the carrier’s 13th destination in the United States. It is the only new U.S. route Aer Lingus is adding in 2023, although it has recently resumed service from Hartford, Connecticut, which was suspended in 2020.

The new Cleveland service will be operated on an Airbus A321neo LR aircraft, featuring both business and economy class cabins. This modern aircraft design delivers up to 20 percent fewer CO2 emissions and 50 percent less noise compared to previous generations.

Aer Lingus Regional commences new services to Newcastle and Isle of Man from Belfast

Aer Lingus Regional, which is operated by Emerald Airlines, has recently increased connectivity to Belfast City Airport by starting new services to and from Newcastle and the Isle of Man.

Operated by an ATR-72, the new Newcastle route flies daily.

Chris Ion of Newcastle International Airport said: ‘We are pleased to welcome Aer Lingus Regional’s daily service between Newcastle and Belfast City Airport. This investment provides convenient and flexible access to the heart of Belfast, as well as increasing opportunities for the attraction of inbound tourists to the North East of England.’

Ellie McGimpsey, Aviation Development Manager at Belfast City Airport, said: ‘Since the first Aer Lingus Regional flights operated by Emerald Airlines took off in spring 2022, we have seen the airline grow its route network from Belfast City Airport in response to sustained high demand.

‘We have no doubt that these new routes to Newcastle and the Isle of Man will also prove hugely popular, and we look forward to continuing and developing our successful partnership.’

Aer Lingus Regional also commenced a new service linking Belfast City with the Isle of Man from April 24. The route will initially be operated four times per week, increasing to six weekly flights for the peak summer season.

‘We are delighted to be bolstering our Belfast City schedule by adding a new link between Belfast and the Isle of Man,’ said Conor McCarthy Executive Chairman of Emerald Airlines.

Katy Best, Commercial Director at Belfast City added: ‘This new service to Isle of Man will be the 13th Aer Lingus route from Belfast City providing excellent choice for passengers this summer.

‘The airline will also operate new routes to East Midlands, Jersey, Newcastle and Newquay. This is in addition to its existing services to Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Southampton.’

With the airline gradually boosting its summer 2023 schedule, it will be adding 200,000 extra seats from Belfast City Airport as it already operates flights to Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, East Midlands, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Newquay and Southampton from its Belfast hub.

Aer Lingus Regional to operate Cornwall-Belfast flights from Summer 2023

Cornwall Airport Newquay has said that Aer Lingus Regional, will commence a new link to Belfast City from Summer 2023.

With a four-times weekly service, the Irish carrier will start operations from April 3, 2023, adding nearly 14,000 seats during the peak season.

Improving the Cornish airport’s connectivity, Aer Lingus Regional has also confirmed an increased frequency of its Dublin service from its existing four-times weekly to daily service starting next summer, expanding connections to the carrier’s transatlantic flights from Dublin.

Commenting on the announcement, Amy Smith, Head of Commercial, Cornwall Airport Newquay said: ‘It’s fantastic that Aer Lingus Regional sees the potential of not only increasing the frequency of our Dublin connection, but also adding a new destination to Belfast for our passengers. We expect fantastic results from both routes next year due to the enhancement of destination options available to those wishing to fly from Cornwall.’

‘The new routes also increase opportunity for overseas markets to reach us with ease, helping us support Cornish tourism,’ Smith added.

Ciaran Smith, Head of Commercial at Emerald Airlines said: ‘We are delighted to be bolstering our services to and from Newquay. We have been very pleased with the feedback we’ve received since commencing our Dublin-Newquay service, and believe Belfast-Newquay is a great new connection for both business and leisure travellers.’

Further, passengers will be able to fly from Cornwall to North America, via Dublin, with smooth connections possible to Aer Lingus’ network of 16 direct routes, including major destinations such as New York, Boston, Chicago, and Toronto. Also, passengers will be able to complete US Immigration pre-clearance in Dublin before boarding connecting flights, saving time and clearance on arrival.

Aer Lingus resumes service from Dublin to Miami

Aer Lingus has resumed its service between Dublin and Miami.

The service will initially operate twice weekly, from October 31, and will increase to thrice weekly subsequently. Dublin is Miami International Airport’s (MIA) only pre-clearance transatlantic destination, allowing Aer Lingus passengers to receive US Customs and Border Protection clearance before they leave Ireland and arrive in Miami as domestic passengers. Dublin is now MIA’s 16th nonstop European route.

‘Congratulations to Aer Lingus on their return to Miami-Dade County after two-and-a-half years,’ said Daniella Levine Cava, Miami-Dade County Mayor. ‘I am so pleased to have the only nonstop service between South Florida and Ireland back at MIA and to see our two regions reconnected before the winter travel season begins.’

Known for its beautiful beaches, colourful architecture, Cuban-inspired cuisine and culture, Miami is an ideal winter destination with ample sunshine. Aer Lingus is operating the Dublin-Miami service with A330-300 aircraft.

‘Miami is an ideal destination for every type of traveller whether it be the cruising fanatics, sun seekers, party goers or the keen shoppers, there are endless possibilities,’ said Susanne Carberry, Chief Customer Officer, Aer Lingus. ‘As the only carrier to operate direct flights between Ireland and Miami, recommencing the service is a key milestone for Aer Lingus. Not only can the people of Miami rediscover everything that Ireland and beyond has to offer, with seamless connections to Miami from the UK and Europe Aer Lingus caters to a much broader market.’

‘We proudly welcome Aer Lingus and its award-winning service back to MIA,’ said Ralph Cutie, MIA Director and CEO. ‘We are thrilled to once again provide our travellers with nonstop flights to Ireland and to be one of only 16 cities in North America served by Aer Lingus.’

The resumption of the Aer Lingus Dublin-Miami service comes after the recent announcement of Cleveland, Ohio and the return of Hartford, Connecticut, both of which will operate as part of the airline’s summer 2023 programme. The airline currently operates 16 direct routes from Ireland to North America and a further three transatlantic routes direct from Manchester to North America and the Caribbean.

Aer Lingus to suspend Belfast- London Heathrow service under post-Brexit rules

Irish airline Aer Lingus is set to suspend its service between Belfast and Heathrow at the end of October in accordance with the post-Brexit rules, media reports have said.

Since the UK left the European Union, EU-based carriers are not permitted to operate scheduled services on UK domestic routes. Aer Lingus has been running the route under a temporary licence, which has now come to an end. Meanwhile, the carrier’s sister airline, British Airways, will run a three-flights-per-day service over winter. A final service from Aer Lingus will run on Sunday October 30.

‘We have not prohibited any airline from operating in the UK, a UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) spokesperson reported, adding: ‘After the UK left the European Union, all UK-based airlines have to operate under a UK operating licence which governs the traffic rights they may hold.’

According to the spokesperson, the service operated by Aer Lingus UK between Belfast and London currently uses ‘a wet-leased capacity arrangement from its parent company, the Irish airline, Aer Lingus’. This has been the case over the past two years while a long-term solution was sought.

An Aer Lingus spokesperson said, ‘Aer Lingus is very keen to continue operating the Belfast City – Heathrow London service, which we have been operating since 2007.’

‘We are engaging with the relevant authorities in order to allow us to continue to serve this route into the future. For the upcoming winter season, we will be working with our sister airline, British Airways, to ensure there is continuity of service and no impact to any of our passengers’ journeys.’

Following Brexit, UK passport holders are classified as third-country nationals and can only stay within the EU or Schengen area for 90 days within any 180 days.

Effective May 2023, the EU entry-exit system will see an automated IT system that will replace the manual checks and passport stamping for third-country nationals on entry and exit from the EU and the Schengen area. EES will register the data and place of entry and exit and take finger prints and a biometric photograph whenever a traveller crosses the EU border.

Emerald Airlines announces new Dublin service from Aberdeen Airport

Emerald Airlines, the exclusive operator of Ireland’s Aer Lingus Regional, has said that it is increasing its capacity for winter with new daily flights from Aberdeen International Airport to Dublin.

The new Aberdeen- Dublin route will commence from October 30 and is part of the airline’s increased capacity for this upcoming winter. With fares starting at £39.99 one-way as part of a return trip, passengers can book tickets now at www.aerlingus.com

Ciaran Smith, Head of Commercial at Emerald Airlines, said: ‘After a very successful summer season, we are delighted to be upping our frequencies and adding new routes out of Dublin to/from Aberdeen. With convenient timings and cost-effective flights, we strongly believe these connections will be warmly welcomed by both business and leisure travellers. We look forward to a busy winter ahead!’

Mark Beveridge, Operations Director at Aberdeen International Airport, said: ‘We look forward to welcoming Aer Lingus Regional’s operator Emerald Airlines to our airport with the launch of the Dublin route. The North East has a lot to offer so we look forward to anyone coming to visit our region.’

The new route is part of Emerald Airlines’ wider expansion strategy which will see the delivery of five additional aircrafts, expanded capacity, and increased frequencies over the coming months.

The route will be operated by Emerald Airlines’ fleet of ATR72-600 aircraft, with the average age of aircraft being six years. The latest generation of turboprop aircraft, ATR72-600 aircraft emit less CO2 on short, regional flights.

Southampton Airport announces new Belfast City route with Emerald Airlines

Southampton Airport has announced the introduction of a brand new carrier as Emerald Airlines is starting a new service to Belfast City Airport.

Operating under the Aer Lingus Regional brand, Emerald Airlines will operate daily flights from July 7, linking Hampshire’s airport directly to the heart of the Northern Irish capital.

Christopher Tibbett, Head of Airline Relations for Southampton Airport said: ‘We are really pleased that Aer Lingus Regional partner Emerald Airlines will now operate flights to Belfast City.

‘The airport is just a five-minute journey from the city centre, which makes it the best option for business and leisure travellers looking for a speedy and convenient commute between the south coast and the Northern Irish Capital.’

Ciaran Smith, Head of Commercial at Emerald Airlines said: ‘As the peak summer months are fast approaching, the launch of our Southampton services will provide those travelling to Belfast with even more choice when planning their holidays. When quick getaways are on the top of everyone’s mind, we are offering convenient timings and low fares, increasing connectivity to and from Northern Ireland.

‘We are extremely pleased with the feedback we have received since beginning our operations from Belfast City Airport and believe Southampton is another great new connection that will cater to both business and leisure travellers with direct, convenient and cost-effective flights to the Northern Irish capital.’

Aer Lingus Regional flights will be operated by the ATR72-600, the latest generation of turboprop aircraft that emit up to 40% less CO2 on short, regional flights.

Customers who book onto these routes operated by Emerald Airlines through www.ba.com or www.aerlingus.com can also earn and spend Avios and Tier points as part of British Airways’ Executive Club and Aer Lingus’ AerClub programme.

Aer Lingus Regional to operate new services to Dublin from Newcastle International Airport

Newcastle International Airport has recently announced that Aer Lingus Regional flights has commenced flights from Newcastle International to Dublin.

Operated by Emerald Airlines, Aer Lingus Regional will operate up to five flights a week, providing the North East travelling public with further connectivity to Dublin and Ireland. Fares will start at £34.99.

Customers choosing Aer Lingus to travel from Newcastle International to North America can benefit from US Immigration Pre-clearance at Dublin, which allows them to arrive into the US like a domestic passenger, avoiding immigration queues. Customers will also be able to connect onto Aer Lingus’ North American network, with connections from the North East via Dublin to New York, Boston, Chicago, Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Toronto.

Commenting on the launch, Ciaran Smith, head of Commercial at Emerald Airlines said: ‘We’re delighted to commence our services between Newcastle International and Dublin, right in time for the pent-up summer demand. This new route will increase connectivity between the two regions and allow customers to travel seamlessly to Dublin and onwards to North America.

We look forward to working with the team at Newcastle International Airport in ensuring the success of this new route.’

Leon McQuaid, Director of Aviation Development at Newcastle International Airport, said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Aer Lingus Regional to the region today!

‘Not only is the airline providing additional connectivity to Ireland, it also adds one more hub to our portfolio of destinations – giving passengers another option when looking for a seamless one-stop connection to cities across the USA and Canada from Newcastle.

‘I am sure the new flights will be welcomed by both business and leisure passengers alike.’

Customers can book flights to and from Newcastle International and Dublin via www.aerlingus.com or with their local travel agent.

American Airlines and Aer Lingus increase flights to US

American Airlines and Ireland’s Aer Lingus launch their codeshare agreement this week offering customers more choices of flights to the United States.

With a view to enhancing connectivity between the U.S and Europe, American Airlines will place its code on Aer Lingus flights between London Heathrow (LHR) and Dublin (DUB). Customers can also book codeshare flights on Aer Lingus from DUB to Amsterdam (AMS); Birmingham, UK (BHX); London Gatwick (LGW) and Manchester, UK (MAN); and from LHR to Belfast City, Northern Ireland (BHD); Cork, Ireland (ORK) and Shannon, Ireland (SNN).

‘We are excited to extend our relationship with our newest joint business partner, Aer Lingus, with this codeshare agreement,’ said Anmol Bhargava, American’s vice president of Alliances. ‘Through our trans-Atlantic joint business, customers have more choices to key destinations in Europe and now, Ireland.’

Reid Moody, Aer Lingus’ Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, said: ‘After almost two years of restricted travel we know that demand for dream vacations, business travel, and reconnecting families and friends in 2022 and beyond will be stronger than ever. We are delighted that through the codeshare agreement with American Airlines, Aer Lingus customers will be able to avail of greater connectivity options and more seamless travel between the U.S. and Europe via our Dublin hub, which also has the added benefit of US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) pre-clearance located in Dublin. Last week’s decision by the Irish Government to remove pre-departure COVID-19 test requirements for double-vaccinated passengers is more welcome news for those planning to travel. We look forward to extending our warm Aer Lingus welcome to more and more customers in the months ahead.’

Additionally, customers traveling with Aer Lingus will now be able to book codeshare travel on American Airlines flights from Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Albuquerque, New Mexico, (ABQ); Nashville, Tennessee (BNA); Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW); Los Angeles (LAX); Seattle (SEA); San Francisco (SFO); San Jose, California (SJC) and Tucson, Arizona (TUS). Further expansion of the codeshare is also planned in the near future.

Aer Lingus joined the Atlantic Joint Business (AJB) between American, British Airways, Iberia and Finnair last year. In summer 2022, Aer Lingus will operate over 100 routes, flying to over 71 direct routes and to 62 destinations from Ireland to the UK and Europe. The airline will operate 16 transatlantic routes from Dublin and Manchester UK to North America and the Caribbean. Aer Lingus is a member of International Airlines Group (IAG), one of the world’s largest airline groups.