Aer Lingus expands transatlantic operations

Aer Lingus will operate its largest-ever transatlantic schedule next summer, including a twice-daily service to Chicago and the addition of Philadelphia to its route network.

Further transatlantic expansion includes a daily service to both San Francisco and Los Angeles and while its daily service to Washington DC will be flown by larger aircraft on four out of seven days.

In total, the airline will operate an extra 575 flights compared to its 2017 summer schedule, and seek further growth as it takes delivery of eight Airbus A321 long range aircraft in 2019.

“We are delighted to announce Philadelphia as our new route for summer 2018,” says Mike Rutter, Aer Lingus’ Chief Operating Officer.

“The introduction of Philadelphia comes on the back of the four new routes announced in the last two years, namely Los Angeles, Newark, Hartford and Miami.

“We are proud to continue to deliver on our promise to grow our transatlantic network and further strengthen Dublin Airport as a leading gateway to North America.

”The airline flies from 18 UK airports to Dublin, where passengers can pre-clear US Customs and Immigration before boarding transatlantic flights.