Published on July 31st, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer0
Aer Lingus Restart Dublin – Bristol Route
Aer Lingus is to restart the Dublin Bristol route from Sunday 1st August on a five times per week basis. The route was operated pre-COVID as an Aer Lingus Regional service by Stobart Air using the ATR-72 aircraft. The service will operate on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday using the larger Airbus A320 aircraft. Ireland is the first country in Europe to allow fully vaccinated citizens from the YK to visit quarantine and test-free. The flight timings will allow for people travelling on this route to connect with the Aer Lingus transatlantic services through Dublin when the US travel ban is lifted.
The new route was announced as Aer Lingus recorded a loss of €192 Million for the first half of 2021. The demand was driven by cargo operations as passenger numbers fell to below 20% of normal times. Looking forward, the airline expects to carry around 40% of passengers compared to 2019 figures.
Commenting on the new route announcement, Aer Lingus Chief Operations Officer, Peter O’Neill said, “We are delighted to recommence flights from Bristol and welcome back our British customers on board now that travel restrictions have been relaxed, reconnecting friends and families that have been kept apart for too long. We are looking forward to serving our customers once again and providing them with a warm Aer Lingus welcome from airports across the UK. We are delighted to once again be able to do what we do best for more customers – deliver safe international travel.”
Also commenting was the CEO of Bristol Airport, Dave Lees who added, “We are delighted Aer Lingus is resuming services between Dublin and Bristol. We have had a long and established relationship with Aer Lingus since the first flight from Baldonnel, Dublin to Bristol Airport on 27 May 1936. The scheduled service will operate using an Airbus A320 aircraft, seating 174 customers which is a long way from the aircraft on the original flight back in 1936 which carried just five passengers on a six-seater De Havilland 84 Dragon, affectionately named Iolar. Aircraft design has advanced, and this is a real demonstration of how far aircraft design and technology has moved forward and will continue to do so in the future. It is particularly exciting as the timing of the flight opens up the opportunity on Aer Lingus’ North American long haul connections to Boston, Chicago, New York (JFK) and Washington, with the added benefit of customers being able to pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Dublin before stepping onboard their transatlantic flight. This means they can arrive as domestic customers on arrival in America, saving time and frustration as all the necessary processes have already been completed. This is another demonstration of confidence in the region and the opening up of long-haul international travel when the time is right. We look forward to working with Aer Lingus on future opportunities.”