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Published on March 10th, 2022 | by Alan Dwyer

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Aer Lingus Restarts Transatlantic Service from Shannon

Aer Lingus has restarted transatlantic service from Shannon for the first time since March 2020 when services were suspended due to the pandemic. The first service was operated by Airbus A321-253NX EI-LRB which had positioned to Shannon from Dublin earlier in the day. The first service departed on time at 13.40 with a scheduled arrival in Boston at 15.15 (local time). The return of the Shannon to New York JFK service will return from tomorrow. These are the latest transatlantic routes from Aer Lingus to resume since the lifting of travel restrictions to the United States. The restart of these flights is critical in restoring regional connectivity and Aer Lingus is the only airline flying to Boston and New York -JFK this summer, with 14 flights a week from Shannon to the US.

Summer 2022 will see Aer Lingus fly its largest transatlantic seat capacity from Shannon in 17 years as it operates two next generation A321NEO LR aircraft from the airport. Offering both a Business Class cabin with 16 fully lie-flat seats, fine dining and complimentary wi-fi, and an Economy Class cabin with a complimentary meal and snack and soft drink in-flight, and top inflight entertainment, including the latest movie releases, TV boxsets, games and music.

Commenting on the route restart, the Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Aer Lingus, Donal Moriarty said, “We are delighted to resume our transatlantic routes from Shannon to Boston and New York, restoring regional connectivity to the mid-west of Ireland and allowing Aer Lingus to unite friends, families, and businesses once more. This summer we will be operating our largest transatlantic seat capacity from Shannon in 17 years. Aer Lingus customers will avail of a more innovative and sustainable travel experience as they travel across the Atlantic in our two A321NEO which will operate from Shannon airport and our unique warm Aer Lingus welcome. As always, customers flying to North America with Aer Lingus will enjoy complimentary meals and drinks, endless hours of in-flight entertainment, WiFi on board and US Customs and Border pre-clearance at Shannon airport.”

Also commenting was the CEO of Shannon Group, Mary Considine who added, “The links between the US and the West of Ireland are a huge part of Shannon’s story. We are delighted to be here today to mark another milestone in the airport’s recovery with the re-establishment of crucial US air links that were suspended as a result of the pandemic. It is a fantastic day for our passengers, our staff, the broader airport community and the US Customs and Border Protection team here at Shannon Airport. The restoration of these daily vital U.S. services will be a welcome boost for the West of Ireland economy, and will see friends, family and business communities reconnected.”

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