Published on October 20th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer


Aer Lingus UK Takes Off to Barbados

The first transatlantic service from Manchester by Aer Lingus UK took off this morning heading for Barbados. The new EI-31, operated by Airbus A330-300 G-EILA took off shortly before 11.00 am on the first service from the new UK base. Currently, two Airbus A330-300 aircraft are based there, with an Airbus A321NX expected to join the UK fleet in the coming weeks that will begin operating its first-ever non-stop direct flights from Manchester to New York JFK airport. The service finally took off after some delays due to the continuing restrictions on travel across the Atlantic.

Passengers in the UK can now enjoy two weekly flights to Barbados from Manchester with Aer Lingus every Wednesday and Saturday until the end of April, as well as an additional weekly flight each Friday from 30th October. Aer Lingus has recently teamed up with British Airways Holidays to offer UK passengers a complete package holiday.

Lynne Embleton

Commenting on the start of the new transatlantic service, Aer Lingus CEO Lynne Embleton said, “Everyone at Aer Lingus felt great pride to see our first direct, non-stop flight from Manchester to Barbados take to the skies this morning. We know there is strong demand for direct transatlantic services from the North of England for flights to Barbados and we’re looking forward to seeing travellers and holidaymakers enjoying the welcoming Aer Lingus experience that we’re known for. Aer Lingus has a proud history with Manchester Airport, and today marks the next stage of our exciting journey with them: our new Barbados route, followed by the start of services to New York and Orlando later this year.”

Also commenting was Manchester Airport Managing Director, Karen Smart who added, “It’s incredibly pleasing to see Aer Lingus’ inaugural flight to Barbados take off from Manchester Airport this morning. Not only is it great to see the airline put this route on at Manchester, giving passengers additional choice and flexibility for this popular destination, but it is also a huge boost for the region with Aer Lingus choosing us as its first UK base for transatlantic flights. The routes across the Atlantic to Barbados and the USA will no doubt be hugely popular with the 22 million people that live in our catchment area, especially with the US opening up to British travellers next month. Furthermore, the routes and base here at Manchester will be welcomed by the hundreds of people who will have access to the jobs created here. I look forward to working closely with Aer Lingus as they grow from Manchester Airport.”

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