Published on November 16th, 2019 | by Mark Dwyer


Aer Lingus Summer 2020 New Routes

Aer Lingus has announced four new European routes and an increase in capacity on its transatlantic network from summer 2020. The airline will commence flying direct from Dublin to Italian cities Brindisi and Alghero. Last week, Aer Lingus also announced new direct routes from Shannon Airport to Paris and Barcelona, commencing March and May respectively. Italy continues to be one of the most popular European destinations for Irish sun-seekers and city breakers. Aer Lingus now operates 11 routes into Italy from Dublin.

More Seats to the States

Aer Lingus will offer 1.9 million seats to North America for Summer 2020, its most ever on the Transatlantic. Orlando, Florida will move from a four flights per week service to six flights per week, the Miami service will increase from two to three flights per week and the Dublin to Seattle route will move to a daily service, increasing from five flights per week.

Fleet upgrades will also see some direct routes enjoy greater capacity next year, such as Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Minneapolis St. Paul which will soon be serviced by the larger Airbus A330 aircraft. In addition by summer 2020 Aer Lingus will have replaced the full Boeing 757 fleet with four news Airbus A321 neo LR aircraft which will operate with over 20% greater fuel efficiency.

In addition to the new routes already announced from Cork and Shannon, the company’s Belfast operation will continue to operate a high frequency daily schedule from Belfast City Airport to London Heathrow.

Commenting on the launch of the 2020 summer schedule, David Shepherd, Chief Commercial Officer, Aer Lingus, said “We are thrilled to offer Irish guests even more ways to explore Europe with the addition of two new direct routes from Dublin to Italy – Brindisi, Puglia and Alghero in Sardinia – and our new routes from Shannon direct to Paris and Barcelona. Our ambition for the future of Aer Lingus is underpinned by a profitable, sustainable short-haul network and our summer 2020 schedule is testament to this commitment.

“Transatlantic growth continues to be our priority, and this is being realised in 2020 with the increased frequency and capacity on many direct routes from Dublin. Not only does this strengthen Ireland’s connectivity with the United States but creates a greater, more efficient connection via Dublin for our neighbours in UK and Europe.”

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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