First Aer Lingus direct flight to Toronto takes off
THE first Aer Lingus flight to Toronto took off this morning as the company pressed ahead with significant transatlantic expansion plans.
It also marked the first operation from Dublin Airport of the Boeing B757 aircraft which was recently added to its fleet.
The new Toronto service will operate year-round with a daily service between Dublin and Toronto during the summer season.
There will be up to four weekly services operating during the winter.
This is the fourth transatlantic route launch by Aer Lingus in recent months and forms part of the company's significant transatlantic growth plan in 2014.
Other expansion plans for this year include the creation of 200 new jobs, another new route to San Francisco, as well as the addition of three Boeing 757 aircraft.
There will also be a doubling of the frequency of services between Shannon to Boston and New York.
Aer Lingus Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, Stephen Kavanagh said, “Aer Lingus is delighted to add a direct service to Canada to its network. Toronto is a very important market in terms of business and tourism links and the city is home to a growing Irish community."
"The service also opens up connection to key cities within Canada allowing for ease of connection to onward flights. We look forward to welcoming new customers on board,” he said.