Aer Lingus commenced its new Shannon to Boston route today - marking a return to a daily year-round US service from the airport.
The new transatlantic business is one of the key aspects of Aer Lingus’ renewed commitment to the independent airport, the airline says.
‘‘It’s certainly a day to celebrate, we’ve been working on these services for quite some time,’’ said Aer Lingus Chief Executive Christoph Mueller.
‘‘We are flying daily, all year to two destinations and that is a big achievement for Shannon,’’ he added.
The airline is set to operate a six-times weekly, JFK New York service from March 30.
‘‘Here we are celebrating another daily transatlantic service with Aer Lingus and Boston,’’ said Shannon Group Chief Executive Neil Pakey.
‘‘They’ve found an aircraft that is the right size for the market…this means we can have the daily service, they year round service,’’ he said.
The enhanced Boston and New York services will see Aer Lingus operate 13 weekly transatlantic flights this year compared to seven last year, a 24pc increase in capacity.
Passenger numbers on US services at Shannon, in the airport’s first year as an independent entity, grew steadily.
The latter half of the year showed a 22pc rise on the same period in 2012.
Aer Lingus will also commence a new Malaga service at the end of April.
Under the Aer Lingus Regional service will also operate a new Bristol route this summer as well as almost double capacity on Manchester and Birmingham services.