As 2022 comes to a close, we’d like to share with you a note on behalf of Aer Lingus, highlighting the carrier’s activity over the last 12 months.
This year saw Aer Lingus re-introduce eight direct routes to its network from its Dublin home, most recently to Miami in late October, increasing connections to ‘The Sunshine State’.
It will also be launching a brand new North American service to Cleveland, Ohio, and resuming flights to Hartford, Connecticut, next year increasing its overall transatlantic network to 17 destinations from the UK and Ireland.
Aer Lingus also marked the one-year anniversary of direct transatlantic flights from the airline’s new UK Manchester base in October, flying direct to New York, JFK, Orlando, Florida, and Barbados, the airline notched up 670 round trips flown across the Atlantic to date, with Cabin Crew serving customers more than 350,000 inflight dining options over the last 12 months.
Following the success of its Manchester hub launch, Aer Lingus’ will look to build on its achievement next year and consolidate its position with customers in the north of England.
This year Aer Lingus also took delivery of two Airbus A320neos – one aircraft named the ‘St Aidan’ to boost short-haul flights and a second aircraft called the ‘St Thomas’ joining the fleet shortly after.
Sustainable aviation fuel is playing a huge part in Aer Lingus’ commitment to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, with the carrier signing two supply deals for SAF with producers Gevo and Aemetis starting from 2025.
Top Copyright Photo: Aer Lingus Airbus A320-251N WL EI-NSA (msn 10712) DUB (Michael Kelly). Image: 959192.
Aer Lingus has unveiled its upcoming 2023 summer schedule which will see it fly to 53 European destinations from Ireland, including three new exciting summer routes to Kos (Greece), Olbia (Sardinia, Italy) and Brindisi (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 of Hartford, Connecticut. It will also operate two* direct transatlantic routes from Manchester to JFK and Orlando.
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.
Tapping into Travel Trends
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 traveling 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 continuing resurgence in a post-pandemic world. As the demand for summer travel returned in force last year, as 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 are considering solo travel this year.
Europe for Summer
What better destination for a summer experience than a sandy beach and beautiful views? Greek island Kos, new to Aer Lingus’ summer schedule, is steeped in rich culture and surrounded by warm, clear waters and is a perfect holiday destination. Island hoppers can also discover other popular Greek islands such as Corfu and Santorini this summer.
According to Glamour Magazine’s 2023 Travel Trends, travellers are also ready to buckle up and head to culture capitals of the world to whet their appetite for change. Aer Lingus is meeting this demand with two cultural destinations that won’t disappoint. Flying into Olbia in Sardinia, a town filled with medieval history and sandy beaches, this destination provides all the culture with a dash of beach escapism, the perfect balance! Taking a flight to Brindisi, a city steeped in history, holidaymakers can take in beautiful scenery of both sea and city views of the Apulia region.
Sun-seekers are encouraged to book early to get the best value and ensure their spot on these highly sought-after flights. Aer Lingus will commence twice weekly flights to the new destinations starting with Kos and Olbia from May and Brindisi from June.
North America Milestone
Looking to North America, Aer Lingus will have a bumper 2.25 million seats on sale for Summer 2023, making it a record schedule in its history of flying across the Atlantic. In peak summer Aer Lingus will deploy its full Airbus A330 fleet and A321neo LR aircraft on the Atlantic, enabling Aer Lingus to offer 20% more seats from Ireland to the North America than 2019.
Key favourites Boston, New York JFK, Chicago and Washington D.C will operate double-daily from Dublin during peak summer; new route Cleveland, Ohio will commence in May; and Hartford, Connecticut will resume in March for the first time since the pandemic. Aer Lingus will operate a total of 15* North American routes from Ireland next summer.
Top Copyright Photo: Aer Lingus Airbus A320-214 EI-DVN (msn 4715) MAN (Brian Worthington). Image: 959652.
Aer Lingus has launched its biggest ever summer 2023 schedule for UK customers with a record-breaking 2.25 million seats on sale to North America.
The Irish flag carrier unveiled its largest North American summer schedule to date in line with customer demand for more transatlantic flights, including services from its popular Manchester hub to New York, and Orlando.
Capacity from Manchester to New York has been boosted by a massive 72% by switching aircraft from the single-aisle Airbus A321LR to a wide-bodied A330, offering at least 133 more seats per flight.
Next summer, Aer Lingus will operate 17* routes to the US, including bringing back its popular Dublin to Hartford service, in addition to launching new flights from Dublin to Cleveland, Ohio, the home of the world-famous Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
For those UK customers looking for winter sun, Aer Lingus also offers a seasonal service to Barbados, direct from Manchester, which operates until Spring 2023.
UK customers can fly from 13 conveniently located airports around the UK into Dublin with quick and easy connections, and US pre-clearance, onto Aer Lingus transatlantic flights.
These UK airports include; London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bristol, Southampton, Leeds Bradford, Exeter, Newcastle, Cornwall Newquay and Isle of Man.
Top Copyright Photo: Aer Lingus Airbus A330-302 EI-EIM (msn 1950) DUB (Michael Kelly). Image: 957062.
Aer Lingus has revealed their number of flights* to the United States has increased 236% since US borders reopened 12 months ago.
In November 2021, the Irish carrier operated 141 flights into the US, but this jumps to 473 flights this November 2022.
The number of available seats has also rocketed by nearly 90,000 when comparing the two months. Aer Lingus has returned to pre-pandemic flight levels (16) for the forthcoming Thanksgiving getaway.
In November 2021, the IAG airline operated just six routes to the US, namely Dublin to New York JFK, Newark, Chicago, Washington, Orlando and Boston.
This November, the carrier will operate 150% more US routes (15) from its hubs in Dublin, Shannon and its newest base in the UK, Manchester. Destinations include the popular cities of Miami, Seattle/Tacoma and San Francisco.
By next summer, the Irish carrier will operate 16 routes to the US, bringing back its popular Dublin to Hartford service, in addition to launching a new service from Dublin to Cleveland, Ohio.
*Includes Aer Lingus UK
Top Copyright Photo: Aer Lingus Airbus A321-253NX WL EI-LRC (msn 8965) DUB (Michael Kelly). Image: 957057.
Aer Lingus is gearing up to restart direct flights to Miami, Florida from today, October 21, 2022, for the first time in two and a half years.
The route will operate three times weekly, as part of the airline’s winter schedule.
Pictured from left are Aer Lingus cabin crew Sasha Byrne; Nik Robinson; and Niamh Shalloe, marking the restart of direct flights from Dublin to Miami from Friday, October 21, for the first time in two and a half years. To celebrate Aer Lingus has launched special fares on flights to North America starting from €169 each way from today until 24th October. Pic:Naoise Culhane-no fee
The recommencement of the Aer Lingus Miami service closely follows the recent announcement of Cleveland, Ohio and the return of Hartford, Connecticut, both of which will operate as part of the airline’s summer 2023 program.
Aer Lingus operates 16 direct routes between Ireland and North America including New York, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orlando, Washington, Seattle/Tacoma, and Philadelphia.
Aer Lingus also operates three direct non-stop routes from Manchester, UK to New York, JFK, Orlando and Barbados.
Top Copyright Photo: Aer Lingus Airbus A330-302 EI-EIM (msn 1950) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 952403.
Aer Lingus is planning to launch a new transatlantic route for summer 2023 which will see the airline operate its first service to Cleveland, Ohio, with connections from nine UK airports.
Starting on May 19, 2023, the new North America service will operate four times a week.
This will be Aer Lingus’ 15th transatlantic route from Ireland and the only direct European service to Cleveland.
UK customers will be able to connect on onto Aer Lingus’ Cleveland service via Dublin from nine UK airports, including Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bristol, Southampton, and Leeds Bradford.
Next summer Aer Lingus will offer customers a choice of 15 transatlantic routes between Ireland and North America, as well as three long-haul services from its Manchester base.
Rebuilding connectivity and growing its transatlantic network is critical to Aer Lingus’ long-term growth strategy as it continues its recovery following the pandemic.
The addition of Cleveland as a new destination demonstrates the airline’s commitment to connecting Europe to North America via its Dublin Hub.
The new Dublin-Cleveland service will be served by an Airbus A321neo LR, which is Aer Lingus’ most sustainable long-haul aircraft.
The Airbus A321neo LR, which comprises both Business Cabin and Economy Class cabin, delivers up to 20% reduction in fuel burn and CO2 emissions and close to 50% reduction in noise footprint, when compared to previous generation aircraft.
Pictured are Aer Lingus First Officer Conor Murray, cabin crew members Oisín Leong and Kellie Woods, and Director of Fleet Lander Dominguez Ruiz, as Aer Lingus took delivery of its first Airbus A320neo aircraft (registration EI-NSA, named Saint Thomas), which will go into service on Wednesday, September 28 and operate Aer Lingus flight EI152 from Dublin to London Heathrow.
To mark the Airbus A320neo’s first flight Aer Lingus will offset the carbon emissions from the flight of all customers travelling on board.
The Airbus A320neo delivers up to 20% reduction in fuel burn and CO2 emissions and close to 50% reduction in noise footprint when compared to previous generation aircraft, A320ceo. There is a greater density of seats (186) on the A320neo aircraft resulting lower fuel emissions per seat/passenger on board.
This is the first of two new Airbus A320neo aircraft that Aer Lingus has leased from CDB Aviation, with the second aircraft also joining the fleet this week.
The aircraft will be part of Aer Lingus’ short haul fleet, predominantly operating London Heathrow routes. They replace two previous generation aircraft, Airbus A320ceo, which will be retired from the fleet.
The new generation aircraft will support the airline’s sustainability programme where Aer Lingus, as part of IAG, has pledged to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and has committed to powering 10% of its flights using sustainable aviation fuel by 2030.