Aer Lingus announces new Dublin – Philadelphia service; Dublin Airport to add five long-haul routes

Aer Lingus is planning to launch a new direct service to Philadelphia from Dublin Airport.

The Irish airline will initially operate its year-round services four times per week, increasing to a daily service from May, 2018. The new service to Philadelphia will have onward connections from Dublin to 24 other cities including Berlin, Edinburgh, Brussels and Hamburg.

Commenting on the move, Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said: ‘This is Aer Lingus’ 11th transatlantic route from Dublin Airport and we are delighted to see its route network go from strength to strength.’

‘I have no doubt Philadelphia will be a popular destination for both business and leisure passengers and will further boost trade and travel between Ireland and the US,’ he added.

Passengers travelling on Aer Lingus’ new service to Philadelphia will be able to use US Pre Clearance facilities at Dublin allowing passengers to save time on arrival in the US by completing all the necessary immigration and customs checks prior to departure. A pre- cleared passenger can avoid all queues on arrival in the US, excluding any final taxi service.

Aer Lingus’ new service to Philadelphia is the first of five new long-haul routes to launch this year at Dublin Airport. While Aer Lingus is set to launch a new Seattle route in the next few weeks, Air Canada will operate flights to Montreal, Cathay Pacific will launch a new direct route to Hong Kong and Hainan Airlines will start direct services to Beijing, Dublin Airport said.

‘Dublin Airport’s transatlantic traffic has doubled in the past five years and Dublin is now the fifth largest airport in Europe for North American connectivity after Heathrow, Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam,’ Harrison noted.

Dublin Airport has flights to 195 destinations in 42 countries operated by more than 50 airlines.

More than 3.8 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport in the first two months of 2018, a five per cent increase on the first two months of last year, the airport said.

New Edinburgh – Philadelphia route announced

The first direct service between Edinburgh and Philadelphia will be launched in May 2014 by US Airways, improving Scotland’s connections with North America.

Scottish and American passengers will be able to benefit from the new service, which will see daily flights between the two cities run between May 23 and October 01. US Airways, which flies to over 230 worldwide destinations, will operate flights on 176-seat dual-class Boeing 757 aircraft.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive at Edinburgh Airport, said: ‘This is another great result for Edinburgh and one which will see our American route network grow considerably, following the recent announcement that United will operate a direct Chicago service from May.

‘Next summer will be a hugely exciting time with the Ryder Cup and Year of Homecoming to look forward to. We’re pleased to be working with US Airways and allowing more American passengers to experience all that Scotland has to offer. Scots will also have the chance to visit this amazing city and the added opportunity to travel onwards to destinations like Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Hawaii.

‘This is not just an achievement for Edinburgh Airport but for the wider city and we’re delighted to be able to share our success with our partners.’

Edinburgh Airport has recorded its top most successful six months on record, with traffic rising significantly in October. A total of 917,437 people passed through the airport last month, a rise of 8.7 percent on October 2012. Domestic figures were up by 4.6% with 428,064 passengers, and international also increased with 489,373 people travelling through, an increase of over 11%.

Commenting on the passenger growth, Mr. Dewar said: ‘Since May, we’ve welcomed almost six million passengers through our doors. Edinburgh and Scotland continue to remain places where people want to visit for work or leisure and we’re delighted to play our part as one of the main gateways to our country.

‘Having recently announced a number of fantastic new routes for next year and with work now underway on our EAST Expansion project, we’re excited for the future and look forward to entering a new phase for the airport.’