Published on March 7th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer0
Aer Lingus on Route to get Approval for UK Transatlantic Routes
Aer Lingus has gained tentative approval to operate routes to the United States from Manchester from the US Department of Transportation (DOT). The US DOT will most likely grant approval for Aer Lingus to fly transatlantic once they have received an Air Operators Certificate (AOC) from the UK authorities to set up Aer Lingus UK.
Aer Lingus UK are expected to announce routes from Manchester to Boston, New York JFK and Orlando. The interim Chief Executive of Aer Lingus, Donal Moriarty recently said, “We are making very good progress on the regulatory process and we’d hope to be able to launch services from the regional UK to North America later in the year. Our fleet plan and the aircraft in our fleet is sufficient to allow us to launch services from Regional UK to North America and for us to execute on our plans out of airports in Ireland. It is not an either/or – both can be accommodated at the same time.”
Aer Lingus have been granted over 1,500 new slots at Manchester Airport for the summer 2021 season, which goes from late March through late October. Aer Lingus are expected to operate to Boston, New York and Orlando with daily services in the summer, with New York being retained as a daily service year round and the Orlando route reducing to four per week in the winter.