Published on April 6th, 2022 | by Alan Dwyer0
Aer Lingus Expands US Network
Aer Lingus has announced the return of more routes to the United States following the pandemic and the easing of travel restrictions. For the first time since 2020, the routes to Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Seattle will return with additional services on the Chicago and Washington routes. The Dublin to Philadelphia will return from 7th April with six flights per week, Dublin to Los Angeles will return from with a daily service from 12th May and Dublin to Seattle returning five times per week from 7th July.
Chicago will receive two daily services five days per week from 8th April with Washington also getting a second daily service from 9th June. The return of Dublin to Miami service will return on 21st October and will continue throughout the winter. Aer Lingus will serve up to 14 destinations in North America this year and two more Airbus A330s have returned from long term storage in recent weeks to add capacity to the network. The two aircraft involved were delivered to Aer Lingus in March 2020, having previously flown for Qatar Airways. The Airbus A330-300 aircraft, EI-EIK and EI-EIL, were acquired on a long term lease in March 2020 but did not enter service before the pandemic arrived with the aircraft being placed in storage.
Commenting on the expanding transatlantic routes, the Executive Vice-President US at Aer Lingus, Bill Byrne said, “Aer Lingus is fully committed to connecting Ireland to North America. We are delighted to be building back our connectivity this year, operating 14 direct routes between Ireland and North America. This summer marks an exciting period for us as we welcome back so many much-loved US destinations for the first time since March 2020 including Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Seattle, as well as greater frequency on our Chicago and Washington D.C. services.”