26 OCTOBER 2015


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Article from BTNews 26 OCTOBER 2015

Big expansion for Aer Lingus

Major long-haul expansion for 2016 was announced by Aer Lingus last week, with the number of transatlantic routes growing from nine to 12 and transatlantic seat capacity reaching 2+m for the first time.

In addition to its nine existing routes to Boston, Chicago, New York, Orlando, San Francisco, Washington and Toronto from Dublin and to Boston and New York from Shannon, the airline will introduce three new routes to Los Angeles, Newark and Hartford in 2016.

A year-round direct service between Dublin and Los Angeles starts in May, with five services a week. Flights between Dublin and Newark will start in early September, and the third new route between Dublin and Hartford, Connecticut, begins in late September.

It is the single largest expansion of Aer Lingus’ transatlantic network since the airline began transatlantic flying in 1958.

The airline said its total long-haul seat capacity will grow by more than 17% in 2016, the fourth consecutive year of double-digit long-haul growth.

In a statement, the airline added: “The growth plan underpins Aer Lingus’ successful strategy of expanding its Dublin Airport base into a major European transatlantic gateway.”   www.aerlingus.ie

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