Aer Lingus (Dublin) has announced it will reinstate the Dublin-San Francisco route on April 2, 2014. The Irish carrier is also planning to open a new route to Toronto (Pearson) on April 21, 2014 in competition with Air Canada rouge.
As previously reported, Aer Lingus is adding three leased Boeing 757-200s to supplement its Airbus fleet, allowing for some expansion.
Aer Lingus issued this statement:
Aer Lingus today (July 3) announced significant expansion to its trans-Atlantic route offering for 2014. In addition to its existing services from Boston, Chicago (O’Hare), New York (JFK) and Orlando, the airline will commence year round direct service between San Francisco and Dublin from April 2014 with 5 services per week being operated by Airbus A330 wide-body aircraft.
Aer Lingus will also commence direct year-round service from Canada from April 2014. A daily direct Boeing 757 service between Toronto (Pearson) and Dublin will operate during the summer season, with up to four weekly services operating during the winter. Two Boeing 757 aircraft will be based in Shannon and will be used to deliver increased frequency on existing services from Boston and New York. Year-round connections from the east-coast to Shannon will be introduced. This expansion will directly support more than 200 new jobs.
In addition Aer Lingus customers from sixteen cities across the U.S. (including Seattle/Tacoma, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Diego) will benefit from convenient connections to Ireland via San Francisco, as well as a number of UK and European cities via Dublin. The new San Francisco route also represents a business opportunity for Aer Lingus Cargo.
Further to the direct service to Ireland from Toronto, Aer Lingus will provide connections from eight Canadian cities including Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary. Once in Dublin, flights will connect to over twenty UK and European cities.
This growth plan will bring the Aer Lingus long haul schedule to 10 daily trans-Atlantic services, connecting North America with Ireland and Europe.
Copyright Photo: SM Fitzwilliams Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-302X EI-ELA (msn 1106) prepares to depart from the Dublin hub.