Published on December 12th, 2022 | by Alan Dwyer0
Three New Routes for Aer Lingus in Summer 2023
Aer Lingus has unveiled a bumper 2023 summer schedule which will see it fly to 53 European destinations from Ireland, including three new summer sun routes to Greece and Italy. The new routes from Dublin will serve Kos in Greece, Olbia on the Italian island of Sardinia, and Brindisi on the southeast coast of Italy. Aer Lingus also has over 2.25 million transatlantic seats on sale, making it the airline’s largest ever North American summer schedule to date. Next summer the airline will operate 15 routes from Ireland, including Cleveland for the first time and the return to Hartford, Connecticut. Aer Lingus will also increase capacity on the Dublin – Washington/Dulles service with a double daily service on the Airbus A321LR. The summer 2023 schedule reflects the huge resurgence in leisure travel and the increasing demand for European sun destinations, particularly the Mediterranean. Aer Lingus is increasing its peak summer capacity to Malaga and Faro from both Cork and Dublin. It is also increasing capacity on other popular European routes including, Alicante, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Perpignan, Izmir, Bordeaux, and Athens from Dublin.
Industry insights reveal growing travel trends for 2023, with Forbes highlighting two interesting motivations for choice in 2023 – a feeling of familiarity when travelling as well as the quest to follow a path less travelled. Condé Nast Traveller’s fifth annual travel summit also reports very similar travel motivations for 2023, the key trends highlight people seeking experiences rather than destinations; solo travellers joining group trips with strangers; travellers splurging more than ever, and major interest in travelling to learn a new skill. Aer Lingus’ three new summer destinations will allow travellers to tap into these trends as each provides many different types of experiences to be enjoyed by those feeling wanderlust in 2023. Summer 2023 is set to be a year of a continuing resurgence in a post-pandemic world. As the demand for summer travel returned in force last year, Irish consumers look to the skies after past summers of staycations. 2023 is forecasted to show strong demand for family favourite holiday destinations like Spain and Portugal which offer the comfort and reassurance of the familiar. Whereas younger generations seek adventure along the paths less travelled, like the streets of beautiful Brindisi and the sandy beaches of Sardinia. Popular booking website, Sky Scanner, also released research for 2023 stating that one in four is considering solo travel this year.
Commenting on the increased Summer 2023 Schedule, Aer Lingus Chief Customer Officer, Susanne Carberry said, “Demand for European sun destinations is at an all-time high post-pandemic, with European sun high on everyone’s wish list, so Aer Lingus is delighted to announce increases across our European schedule to the most sought after, trendsetting European destinations this summer. We have three very exciting brand-new destinations on offer in Kos, Olbia and Brindisi, which our customers are sure to love exploring this summer. We’re seeing a big appetite for travel and our ambitious expansion into North America continues with Cleveland and Hartford services beginning, making our summer transatlantic schedule a record breaker with 2.25 million seats on sale.’’
In recent sales reports from Airbus, Aer Lingus are listed as having two more Airbus A320neo aircraft on the order books, bringing the total to six. Aer Lingus currently have two in service that has been leased during 2022. The next two are scheduled for delivery before the summer 2023 season reaches its peak.