Published on September 18th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer0
Aer Lingus Returns to Toronto
On Friday afternoon, Aer Lingus returned to Toronto with their first service to Canada’s largest city in 18 months. Aer Lingus restarted the route initially twice per week for the first week, then increasing to four services per week using the Airbus A321-253NX on the route. Aer Lingus will then operate a daily service in the week running up to the Christmas holidays. In recent weeks, Canada has reopened to all vaccinated passengers subject to meeting certain COVID-19 travel restrictions.
Speaking on the route announcement, the Chief Customer Officer at Aer Lingus, Susanne Carberry said, “At long last, we are re-establishing our direct service to Toronto and can once again connect families, friends and businesses across the Atlantic. This is an important milestone in the recovery of our business and will no doubt be very meaningful to those with Irish-Canadian connections. Safety remains our priority at Aer Lingus and we continue to implement measures such as mask requirements and additional cleaning, as has been in practice across the airline for the past year. We are also committed to making the flight experience as comfortable as possible and customers can enjoy our in-flight food, drink and entertainment services on board.”
In other Aer Lingus news, the grade of Cabin Service Managers among the cabin crew have rejected proposals for changes to work practices and it is likely that the airline will close the current voluntary severance package being offered at the moment. The airline has also stated that the lay-off requirement will continue well into 2022 and no pay increases applied to cabin crew until the start of 2025 at the earliest.