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.

Ryanair announces new summer routes from Dublin to Kos and Brindisi

Ryanair, the Ireland based European regional airline, has announced two new summer destinations to Kos and Brindisi as part of its Dublin Summer ’23 schedule.

The airline said that it would fly to the Greek island of Kos in the Aegean and Brindisi on Italy’s Adriatic coast from Dublin over the summer.

Ryanair will fly twice weekly to both destinations, with Kos taking off in May and Brindisi in June, until September. To celebrate, Ryanair has launched a limited-time seat sale for early customers on their Summer’23 holiday with fares from EUR39.99 available now.

Ryanair’s CEO Eddie Wilson said: ‘With Summer’23 fast approaching, we are delighted to be bringing even more choice and value to our Irish customers with the addition of these new routes to Kos and Brindisi as part of our Summer’23 schedule. Ryanair is offering Dublin customers the lowest priced fares and even more choice when planning their long-awaited summer holidays.

‘To mark this announcement, we’ve launched a limited-time seat sale for early bird customers looking to bag themselves a bargain on their Summer ’23 holiday. In contrast to other airlines offering one-way fares starting at over EUR100 to Brindisi and Kos, Ryanair’s low cost fares start from just EUR39.99 and are available now, only on Ryanair.com.’

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.

Ryanair offers new winter route from Dublin to Cluj

Ryanair, the Ireland-based European budget airline, has announced a new route to Romania’s Cluj as part of its Dublin Winter 22 schedule, following Blue Air’s recent suspension of this route.

With the launch, travellers and holidaymakers can now travel to the Romanian city on one of Ryanair’s twice weekly budget flights from Dublin from November 1.

Cluj-Napoca is the historic capital of Transylvania located nearly 320 km northwest of Bucharest in the Somesul Mic River valley. The city stands on the site of an ancient Dacian settlement, Napoca, which the Romans made a municipium.

To celebrate the new route, Ryanair is launching a seat sale with fares available from EUR19.99 one way for travel from November 1, 2022 – January 31, 2023, which must be booked by midnight Thursday, October 6.

Ryanair’s Jason McGuinness said: ‘Ryanair is further building on our already extensive Dublin W22 schedule with the addition of our new Dublin to Cluj route, operating twice weekly from 1st November – just in time for those travelling home to Cluj to spend Christmas with friends and family but whose travel plans have been disrupted by Blue Air’s recent suspension of this route.

To celebrate, we are launching a seat sale with fares available from just EUR19.99 for travel until the end of January 2023, which must be booked by midnight, Thursday 6th Oct. Since these super low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com to avoid missing out.’

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.

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.