Published on June 16th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer


Aer Lingus Delays Opening of Manchester Base

Aer Lingus has delayed the start of its transatlantic operations from Manchester Airport due to the continuing travel restrictions for passengers entering the United States. Aer Lingus had announced last March that they would start transatlantic routes from Manchester to New York JFK and Orlando from 29th July. The start date for these new routes has been pushed back to 30th September. Aer Lingus will be using an Airbus A321LR on the route to New York and an Airbus A330-300 to Orlando. Both routes will be flown as a daily service an Aer Lingus will base two Airbus A330’s and two A321LR’s in Manchester and place them on the UK aircraft register. The start date for the Manchester – Barbados route will remain unchanged on 20th October.

Aer Lingus customer service teams will now contact all passengers with bookings for the new routes to offering a full refund, re-accommodation on an alternative service or the option of a voucher with an additional 10%, for use across the Aer Lingus network over the next five years. The new route from Manchester to Boston will not commence until the summer of 2022.

In recent days Aer Lingus have removed a number of routes from the Dublin schedule for this summer. The following airports will not be returning to the network – Alghero, Bologna, Brindisi, Catania, Milan-Malpensa, Marseille, Montpellier, Nantes, Perpignan, Pisa, Pula and Split. Due to the continuing restrictions on foreign travel, Aer Lingus will continue to review the plan for the summer schedule. The popular summer destination of Faro in Portugal is to receive a twice daily Airbus A320 service with an additional A330 operating on a Saturday morning.

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