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Published on October 16th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer

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Aer Lingus Return to San Francisco

Aer Lingus has announced that it will restart its direct service from Dublin to San Francisco from 12th December for a one month period at a four times per week frequency with flights on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Aer Lingus will then reinstate the route on a permanent basis from 25th February on an initial schedule with four services per week. Re-connecting Ireland with the West Coast for the first time since March 2020, the direct Dublin to San Francisco route is hugely important for businesses in Ireland. San Francisco’s Silicon Valley is home to many of the world’s largest technology companies, with many of these companies having their European headquarters here in Ireland.

In recent weeks, Aer Lingus has announced that it will resume transatlantic flights from Dublin to Newark from 14th November and Orlando from 27th November 2021. The Newark service will initially operate four times per week, increasing to daily from 1st December and Orlando will be served three times weekly. With the return of the San Francisco service, Aer Lingus will have seven transatlantic routes operating this Christmas with Washington and Toronto having recently returned along with the daily New York JFK and Boston services.

With the US Government having announced the lifting of restrictions for fully vaccinated foreign nationals being allowed to enter the United States from 8th November, this will bring a boost to Aer Lingus and all airlines serving transatlantic markets in the months ahead

Commenting on the return of the San Francisco service, Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison said, “San Francisco is the global tech centre of the world and many of the companies based there have offices in Ireland. This direct route will further grow tourism and trade between Ireland and the US and provide greater choice and flexibility for both business and leisure passengers. We will work closely with Aer Lingus to ensure this service is a success in both directions.”

Also commenting was Aer Lingus Chief Customer Officer, Susanne Carberry who said “The re-start of our direct service from Dublin to San Francisco means that we can once again connect families, friends and businesses with the West Coast of the United States. This is an important milestone in the recovery of our business, and will no doubt be very meaningful to those people with connections on the West Coast and businesses with connections in San Francisco itself.”

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