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.

Dublin Airport announces new Aurigny route to Guernsey

Dublin Airport has said that Aurigny has commenced services between Dublin and Guernsey.

Aurigny will operate flights between Guernsey and Dublin three times a week. This will be Dublin’s first scheduled air service to and from Guernsey.

An Island set in the English Channel with a population of over 62,000, Guernsey offers a combination of both British and French culture. With fantastic options of both food and adventure, it is an attractive destination for friends and families. Ireland has enjoyed strong links with Guernsey and the other Channel Islands over the past 300 years.

Commenting on the new service, Dalton Philips, Chief Executive of daa, which operates Dublin Airport, said: ‘Dublin Airport is delighted to be adding a new route between Dublin and Guernsey. The commencement of the service is great news for both business and leisure passengers in Ireland and Guernsey. We anticipate strong demand for the service. Guernsey is an island with great heritage and breath-taking scenery. Dublin Airport is excited to work with Aurigny in promoting this new route.’

Malcolm Couper, Commercial Director of Aurigny added: ‘The whole team at Aurigny is excited to be extending our network with three times weekly direct services to Dublin. The community in Guernsey has long been asking for this service and looking at our forward sales there is good demand from Ireland too.’

Dublin Airport will serve 123 destinations worldwide this year with 35 airline partners as it expands its global reach following the damaging impact on the aviation sector due to COVID-19.

British Airways to commence CityFlyer service to Dublin from Southampton Airport

Southampton Airport has said that British Airways has added a new service to Dublin this summer.

With the new service, passengers will be able to fly from Southampton Airport to Dublin, capital of Ireland, and experience its rich history and cosmopolitan culture along with many shops, cafes and restaurants.

The route also enhances connectivity for cruisers with the summer cruise season set to commence from Southampton Port.

This new route, operated using BA CityFlyer, will fly once a week, starting May 15 until October.

Matt Hazelwood, Chief Commercial Officer AGS Airports Ltd, which owns and operates Southampton Airport said: ‘Last year was fantastic when we welcomed not only a host of new routes but a new airline to Southampton Airport.

‘We were thrilled to see BA CityFlyer’s routes take to the skies and with the addition of Dublin we are sure it will prove extremely popular this summer.’

‘BA’s commitment to deliver connectivity for Southampton and the wider region to some of the most popular destinations in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece and France was very much welcomed by our passengers last year.’

Last year BA CityFlyer launched its new schedule from Southampton directly connecting England’s south coast with popular holiday destinations in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece and France.

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.

Bristol Airport to commence Aer Lingus Regional flights in March

Aer Lingus and Emerald Airlines have recently announced the launch of Aer Lingus Regional flights, increasing connectivity between the UK, Ireland and the US.

The flights operated under a franchise agreement by Emerald Airlines will commence on March 17, 2022 as Aer Lingus Regional. The move will result in Emerald Airlines flying over 340 flights per week across 11 routes with fares starting at £25.99, with further route announcements to be made in the coming weeks. High-frequency routes, including Dublin-Edinburgh and Dublin-Glasgow, will be served up to four times daily.

The announcement will see the re-establishment of services to regional points across the UK, including Newquay Cornwall, Exeter, and Isle of Man. Emerald Airlines will be the only airline offering these services from Ireland. The announcement adds over 60 UK – US routes on the Aer Lingus network connecting via Dublin including connections from UK regional airports to New York, Los Angeles, Boston and Seattle.

Lynne Embleton, Aer Lingus CEO, said: ‘Today is about opportunities. Opportunities for our UK customers to connect with ease to Aer Lingus flights to North America and to take advantage of the US preclearance facility. Opportunities for customers across UK and Ireland as we develop the Aer Lingus regional network. And opportunities for the Irish economy and Irish aviation as we expand our hub at Dublin.

‘It has been a pleasure to work with the team at Emerald Airlines to accelerate this partnership and start operations 10 months ahead of the original schedule. ‘We are all looking forward to welcoming our customers on-board Aer Lingus Regional services, operated by Emerald Airlines.’

Dave Lees, CEO, Bristol Airport said: ‘We are delighted with the announcement and look forward to welcoming Emerald Airlines to Bristol Airport from Spring next year. This partnership further strengthens the air links between the South West of England and Ireland and in addition extends the opportunity of offering US transatlantic routes via Dublin Airport for customers in the region.

‘We look forward to working with Emerald Airlines in the future and continuing the joint partnership.’

Aer Lingus to commence direct flights from Dublin to San Francisco

Dublin Airport has said that Aer Lingus will re-start its direct service from Dublin to San Francisco, starting from December 12, allowing customers to travel to the West Coast of the US.

The new direct flights from Dublin to San Francisco will operate four times per week from December 12, 2021 to January 12, 2022 on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Two additional flights will operate a week prior to Christmas and post-Christmas, from December 16 – December 18 and December 30 – January 1 for the festive season.

From February 25, Aer Lingus will fly direct to San Francisco four times per week.

The Dublin to San Francisco service reconnects Ireland with the West Coast for the first time since March 2020. The route is also expected to benefit business travellers, as San Francisco’s Silicon Valley is home to some of the world’s largest technology companies, with many of these companies having their European headquarters in Ireland.

With its iconic Golden Gate Bridge, charming Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz penitentiary, and eclectic mix of architecture and steep hills, San Francisco has also been a popular tourist destination for travellers looking to start their west coast experience.

‘San Francisco is the global tech centre of the world and many of the companies based there have offices in Ireland. This direct route will further grow tourism and trade between Ireland and the US and provide greater choice and flexibility for both business and leisure passengers. We will work closely with Aer Lingus to ensure this service is a success in both directions,’ said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison.

Aer Lingus Chief Customer Officer, Susanne Carberry, said ‘The re-start of our direct service from Dublin to San Francisco means that we can once again connect families, friends and businesses with the West Coast of the United States. This is an important milestone in the recovery of our business, and will no doubt be very meaningful to those people with connections on the West Coast and businesses with connections in San Francisco itself.’

The resumption of the Dublin to San Francisco route sees Aer Lingus’ North American schedule increase to a total of seven destinations, Newark, Orlando, Washington and Toronto in Canada being others that resumed over the past weeks.

Eastern Airways plans to launch Southampton – Dublin route

Eastern Airways has said that it will commence a new route from Southampton Airport to Dublin starting Monday August 17, 2020, as part of its expansion plans at the south coast of England airport.

Commencing with an initial daily round-trip, the frequency will increase quickly as demand increases following the relaxation of Covid-19 travel restrictions and return of business and leisure travel.

In addition to the new Southampton Airport – Dublin, Eastern Airways already offers services to Belfast City, Leeds-Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle and Teesside. As Covid-19 travel restrictions reduce, all routes will see increasing frequencies and the addition of weekend services.

Roger Hage, Eastern Airways’ General Manager Commercial & Operations, said: ‘We are delighted to confirm a start date for the Southampton – Dublin route launch of 17 August, which is now bookable, as we restore this important trade and leisure link between the south coast of England and Ireland’s capital. We are beginning to help increase accessibility to Southampton as we have already reintroduced a number of other routes from the airport, increasing frequency and will also add further new services as we establish a five aircraft base.’

Steve Szalay, Operations Director for Southampton Airport, said: ‘Dublin has long been a destination in high demand by our passengers. We are delighted that Eastern Airways is opening this route from Southampton Airport, once again demonstrating how crucial regional airports are in providing vital connectivity across the UK.’

Eastern Airways said that Southampton-Manchester will return to twice-daily from August 3 and Southampton-Newcastle from September 7. Flights to Dublin start from £69 one-way and are bookable at www.easternairways.com. The airline provides complimentary on-board refreshments as part of the service, as well as a minimum of 15kg of free hold baggage plus carry-on baggage.

Ryanair to operate minimum flights from Dublin and UK to serve emergency needs

As the health and safety concerns due to the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19 continue, Ryanair has announced that it will operate minimum services from the UK and Ireland to meet emergency needs in the coming weeks.

According to a release by Michael O’Leary, Ryanair Group CEO, the Ireland based airline is working to provide repatriation and rescue flights for many EU Governments including the UK. The airline is also offering its aircraft for emergency medical flights, including to/from China.

As most EU countries have imposed flight bans or other restrictions, over 90% of Ryanair’s aircraft will be grounded for the coming weeks. However, the airline will be working with EU Governments to keep some minimum flight links open for emergency reasons, though the passenger loads on these flights will be very low.

For the next week from Friday March 27 to Thursday April 2, Ryanair will operate daily or weekly flights to and from Dublin to London Stansted, London Gatwick, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester and from Cork to London Stansted. From the UK, Ryanair will operate the return services to Dublin from London Stansted, London Gatwick, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester. In addition, the airline will operate services from London Stansted to Eindhoven, Lisbon, Cork, Berlin and Budapest. More information on the flight details at www.ryanair.com.

‘All these aircraft are disinfected daily. With low loads and no trolley service, social distancing will be optimised on-board, and we ask all passengers to cooperate fully with our crews who are doing their best in difficult times to maintain vital links to/from Ireland and to/from the UK to facilitate our passengers and their families to deal with emergencies that may require urgent travel over the coming days and weeks,’ O’Leary said.

‘Ryanair apologises sincerely for the unprecedented grounding of our aircraft fleet, and any schedule disruptions this may have caused, but we must all work together with EU Governments to minimise the impact of Covid-19 on our citizens and our health services,’ he added.

United Airlines to start year-round Dublin-San Francisco service

United Airlines has announced that it will start operating a new, year-round, daily nonstop service between Dublin Airport and its hub at San Francisco from next summer.

The new daily service will depart Dublin at 11.50 arriving in San Francisco at 14.20. The return flight will depart San Francisco at 15.55 and arrive in Dublin Airport at 9.45 the following day. The airline will operate its new route with a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, starting June 6, 2020.

Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said, ‘United is a valued customer serving Dublin Airport for more than two decades and we are particularly delighted to see it adding a fourth destination to its route network next summer.’

‘San Francisco is the global tech centre of the world and many of the companies based there have offices in Ireland. This new route will further grow tourism and trade between Ireland and the US and provide greater choice and flexibility for both business and leisure passengers. We will work closely with United’s management team to ensure this new service is a success in both directions.’

‘Dublin and Silicon Valley are two regions synonymous with big tech,’ said United’s Vice President of International Network Patrick Quayle. ‘Many global tech companies have a major footprint in both regions, and they need a carrier with an extensive worldwide network to help conveniently connect their business. As the only US airline to serve Ireland from the West Coast, United is uniquely suited to provide the connectivity these companies and economies need to continue thriving.’

From Dublin, United Airlines also operates services to Chicago, Newark, and Washington D.C. Currently, Dublin Airport has flights to 190 destinations in 42 countries operated by 50 airlines.

Aer Lingus launches direct Dublin-Minneapolis route

Dublin Airport has announced the introduction of a new direct service to Minneapolis-St. Paul in Minnesota.

The new Dublin-Minneapolis route will be operated by Aer Lingus using a Boeing 757 aircraft. The new route will initially operate six times weekly, increasing to a daily, year-round service from this August.

Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said, ‘This is Aer Lingus’ 14th transatlantic route from Dublin Airport and its 11th new transatlantic route in the past five years.

‘We have been working closely with Aer Lingus since 2014 to grow its North American business and build a substantial transfer business. The new route offers customers significant onward connections in both directions.’

Aer Lingus’ Chief Executive Stephen Doyle, added: ‘We are delighted to commence Ireland’s first and only direct service to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota State. The Minneapolis-St. Paul region holds great promise for Aer Lingus particularly in terms of the connections we can offer to UK and European guests as well as those travelling from North America and onwards to Europe.’

Passengers travelling to Minneapolis-St. Paul on the Aer Lingus’ service can make use of the US Pre Clearance facilities at Dublin Airport, as they will be able to arrive in the US by completing all the necessary immigration and customs checks prior to departure.

This new route means that Dublin Airport now has nine airlines flying 464 flights per week to and from 18 destinations in the US and six destinations in Canada, which equates to an average of 66 flights daily to and from North America.

Dublin Airport has flights to nearly 200 destinations in 43 countries, operated by 53 airlines. So far this year, more than 12.3 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport, a seven percent increase compared to the first five months of last year. An additional 764,000 passengers travelled through Dublin Airport between January and May.