Aer Lingus fastest growing carrier between Europe and North America over past six years
New figures show more UK travellers are crossing the Atlantic via Dublin
Celebrate with promotional £199 fares from UK to North America
LONDON UK, 10th August 2016: Award-winning Irish carrier Aer Lingus has grown faster than any other airline between Europe and North America over the last six years.
The airline currently flies to eight North American cities on 10 transatlantic routes, with a further two exciting destinations joining the network next month. Aer Lingus will begin a daily service on 1st September from Dublin direct to Newark, New Jersey and a new four-times weekly service to Hartford, Connecticut from 28th September 2016.
To celebrate the news, Aer Lingus is offering exceptional all-inclusive fares between the United Kingdom and North America from just £199 each way including taxes and charges. Transatlantic connections are available from 19 key UK airports including Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Glasgow and Edinburgh enabling guests to connect to one of the 28 daily services across the Atlantic this summer.
During their connection in Dublin, Aer Lingus guests from the UK can pre-clear U.S Customs and Immigration allowing them to pass through domestic channels upon landing for a smooth and swift arrival in the USA.
Latest figures show that flying via Dublin is fast becoming the natural and convenient choice for British travellers visiting the United States. More passengers than ever are flying stateside via the Irish capital, with Aer Lingus’ one-stop transatlantic services from Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool airports via Dublin enjoying year-on-year growth of 18 percent, and many other Aer Lingus UK gateways also reporting double-digit rises. Aer Lingus figures show that Manchester is the most popular starting point for UK residents travelling on their transatlantic services, followed closely by Birmingham and London Heathrow.
The new data also highlights that holidaymakers to North America make up almost 40% of guests flying from the UK, compared to over a third who cross the Atlantic with Aer Lingus to visit friends and relatives.
In addition, the latest data from trade body ACI Europe shows that Aer Lingus’ home at Dublin Airport was the fastest growing major European airport during the first six months of 2016. The hub now represents the fifth-largest transatlantic gateway in Europe, boosted by Aer Lingus services to a wealth of destinations from coast to coast including New York, Boston, Chicago, Washington, Orlando, San Francisco, Toronto, Newark, New Jersey, Hartford, Connecticut and Los Angeles.
All Aer Lingus transatlantic fares offer exceptional all-inclusive value with free 23kg baggage allowance, complimentary meal and drinks during the flight and the latest films, television and music via a state-of-the-art inflight entertainment system. Aer Lingus Business Class guests can also enjoy brand new fully lie-flat seats which transform into a fully lie-flat bed within a redesigned cabin offering even greater levels of comfort, storage and space.
Aer Lingus prides itself on offering guests an award winning on board experience, becoming the first Irish airline to receive a four star rating at the 2016 Skytrax Airline Awards. The rating highlights the airline’s commitment to providing excellent customer service both on the ground and in the air.
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Aer Lingus is the national airline of Ireland founded in 1936. Our primary mission is to connect Ireland with the world by offering the best airline product and award winning customer service at low fares. Aer Lingus, with our fleet of 60 aircraft, operates from central airport locations in the UK, Europe and North America providing more than 11 million passengers annually with the smarter way to travel.