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Published on March 24th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer

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Aer Lingus Launch Transatlantic Flights from Manchester

Aer Lingus has officially announced their new base in Manchester with the start of Transatlantic flights starting in July. There will be a total of four routes from Manchester with direct services to New York JFK and Orlando starting on 29th July, with Barbados starting on 20th October and the expected service to Boston will not start until the summer of 2022. Aer Lingus will operate their Airbus A321LR on the New York and Boston routes with the larger Airbus A330 being used on the Orlando and Barbados routes. Aer Lingus have a long established connection with Manchester, having regular connections from Dublin and Belfast and expect to resume service from Cork later this summer. In the 1980s, Aer Lingus secured fifth freedom rights to operate numerous services from Manchester to European destinations such as Copenhagen, Dusseldorf and Rome.

Speaking on the announcement of the new services, David Shepherd, Aer Lingus Chief Commercial Officer said, “We are delighted to offer high-quality, direct, non-stop, business and leisure travel options, at very reasonable prices for travellers and holidaymakers across the North of England. Aer Lingus has been flying to North America for more than 60 years and we also have a proud history with Manchester Airport. With so many people missing out on travel due to Covid-19 over the past year, Aer Lingus is delighted to be sharing this positive news today, announcing a great choice for customers and creating up to 120 jobs in the North of England. We believe our transatlantic offering is one of the best in the marketplace comprising both business and economy cabins. Equally, our operation of the new and innovative Airbus A321LR aircraft marks a further milestone as Aer Lingus will be one of the first carriers to fly the aircraft between the UK and the US. We look forward to commencing our transatlantic services this summer.”

Aer Lingus has extended its ‘Book with Confidence’ offer to 31st December 2021, which allows customers to change their flights up to two hours before they are due to depart with no change fee. The Aer Lingus ‘Book with Confidence’ offer is available on all fare types and customers can change their bookings as many times as they like, although passengers will be charged for any difference in the air fare.

The Manchester to New York JFK and the Manchester to Orlando routes will both be flown on a daily basis and the winter service to Barbados will start with a twice weekly operation. Aer Lingus will be creating up to 120 jobs with their new Aer Lingus UK operations with recruitment will be for cabin crew roles, together with additional positions within Maintenance and Engineering, and Ground Operations. Initially, the flight crew will transfer from their Dublin based operations. Aer Lingus will offer connections in the United States to up to 58 destinations through their existing relationship with Jet Blue and American Airlines.

Karen Smart, MD of Manchester Airport

Also speaking about the new routes, Karen Smart, Manchester Airport Managing Director said “These routes will be a great addition to the departure boards here at Manchester as we look forward to restarting international travel. Pre-pandemic there were more than 5.5 million passengers who crossed the Atlantic each year via Manchester and so to be able to offer these services with a new carrier is great news. In addition, Aer Lingus’s commitment to the U.K’s northern gateway results in the creation of  120 much-needed jobs. Aer Lingus’ commitment to these new services will be a real boost for those passengers we know are keen to start travelling as soon as the current restrictions can be lifted. This demonstration of pent-up demand is another reason why it is more important than ever that the Government develops proposals to restart travel that are clear, uncomplicated and affordable. We eagerly await the findings of the Global Taskforce in April.”

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