New Aer Lingus routes to San Francisco and Toronto take off next year
Aer Lingus is to announce details of its new route between Dublin and San Francisco today at an event being attended by Transport and Tourism Minister Leo Varadkar and the airline's chief executive, Christoph Mueller.
It's expected the service will begin next May. The Irish Independent revealed the plans to relaunch the route in April.
Aer Lingus previously started a service between the two cities in 2007, but pulled the route in October 2009 as the airline reined in its costs amid the global economic crisis.
But the carrier has recently signed a deal to lease three Boeing 757 aircraft, which will join its fleet next year. Those aircraft will also be used to boost services from Shannon to Boston and New York.
The additional aircraft will free up a larger Airbus A330, which can be used to service the Dublin-San Francisco route. Aer Lingus already flies to New York, Boston, Chicago and Orlando in the US. It currently provides services to San Francisco via codeshare agreements with United and Jetblue.
The airline is also launching a new service between Dublin and Toronto next year. That will mark the first time the airline has had a regular year-round scheduled service between the two cities. Details of that service are also expected to be revealed today.
Other operators including Air Canada already operate seasonal services to Toronto and Montreal from the capital. Air Canada announced in April that it will use its new low-cost 'Rouge' airline to service year-round flights between Toronto and Dublin from next year.
The Government said recently that it plans to be a "more active" shareholder in Aer Lingus. The State owns 25.1pc of the airline. The Government will press the airline to boost connectivity from Ireland and also to pay a regular dividend.