Wednesday 28 September 2016

Aer Lingus announces 400,000 seats to sun destinations this winter

Flying south for winter

Published 11/04/2016 | 12:55

Aer Lingus cabin crewmembers Deborah McGuirk and Shannen McDonnell pictured on Sandymount Strand. Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
Aer Lingus cabin crewmembers Deborah McGuirk and Shannen McDonnell pictured on Sandymount Strand. Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
Aer Lingus stock photo. Pic: Deposit

Aer Lingus has announced its largest-ever number of seats to sun destinations for the winter 2016 schedule.

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100,000 seats will be available to Lanzarote from Dublin, Cork and Shannon, the airline says, up 15pc thanks to increased frequencies and larger aircraft.

Extra flights will see eight weekly services to Lanzarote from Dublin (up from seven), and four flights a week from Cork, Aer Lingus added.

Holiday prices have been rising in the Canaries this year as Europeans seek alternatives to North African destinations like Egypt and Tunisia.

Aer Lingus will also have 80,000 seats to Malaga, gateway to Spain's Costa del Sol, with nine flights a week from Dublin and four from Cork.

The winter schedule operates from October 2016 to March 2017, and will also see some 50pc more seats from Dublin to Faro, in Portugal's Algarve.

Capacity is being boosted across the Canary Islands, and the airline has announced a daily service between Dublin and Lisbon for most of the season.

"Winter is picking up pace as many opt for a second boost of sunshine to see them through the often harsh Irish winter, said Chief Commercial Officer, Keith Butler.

There are no new destinations on the short-haul schedule for winter, although forthcoming services to LA, Newark and Connecticut will be year-round.

New routes for summer include Dublin to Murcia (March 27 to October 29), Pisa (May 18 to September 11) and Montpellier (May 20 - Sept. 12).

A new route from Cork to Dusseldorf starts on May 4.

Acquired last August by IAG, revenue at Aer Lingus jumped 10.4pc to €1.71bn last year, with profits up 72pc on 2014.

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