Wednesday, 21 October 2015


Today, Aer Lingus announced three new USA destinations direct out of Dublin; Los Angeles (LAX), Newark (EWR), and Hartford Connecticut (DBL).

The first of these has me most excited. Currently, Aer Lingus only serves San Francisco, and other than the mostly unknown Etiopian Airlines (yes you read that right) route from Dublin to LAX, there are no other direct services to the west coast USA. Aer Lingus has recently been bought by the owners of BA, with a promise of integrating it into the One World alliance. Once this happens, it'll open up a myriad of connecting options via LAX, with a full code share agreement with American Airlines.

The Newark route will provide another method of getting to New York on a direct flight out of Ireland.

The Harford connecticut route seems like a strange option. But it comes with a significant subsidy from the local government, and apparently Aer Lingus has been courted by the airport for serveral months.

It is expected that prior to full integration with One World, these new flights will be available to be booked using Avios. This is again great news, as it provides extra capacity and fresh options for redemption bookings out of Ireland, minimising the need to connect via London.

The LAX flights will operate 5 tmes a week, starting in May, thus bringing them into play for next summer. The daily Newark and Hartford flights commence in Sept.

Following this link to read the announcement on the Aer Lingus blog.

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