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Aer Lingus announces new winter routes to Liverpool and Washington DC

Expanded schedule adds 275,000 seats

Published 21/05/2015 | 09:02

Liverpool: Aer Lingus will offer 16 flights a week this winter.
Liverpool: Aer Lingus will offer 16 flights a week this winter.

Aer Lingus is to add 275,000 extra seats in the biggest expansion of its winter schedule in 10 years, the airline says.

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The 2015/16 schedule, announced this morning, includes new daily flights to Liverpool's John Lennon Airport commencing on October 23.

It also sees an extension of the airline's new Washington route, a four-times weekly service, to January 4, 2016.

The schedule, which runs from the end of October to March 2016, adds 275,000 seats in what the airline says is its biggest winter growth in a decade.

It has also announced increased capacity on its Dublin to Manchester, Birmingham, Paris, Zurich, Geneva and Amsterdam routes.

Three daily flights will operate between Dublin and Brussels, with improved evening times to facilitate day return business customers, Aer Lingus says.

The airline is also set to move its flight services from Berlin's Schönefeld to Tegel airport, adding 18pc capacity by increasing services to 10 flights a week.

There are no new routes or capacity from Cork, however.

The 2015 winter programme "returns our short haul business to growth mode and represents our most significant investment in the sector for a decade," said Aer Lingus Chief Revenue Officer, Mike Rutter.

It also sees 70,000 extra seats on transatlantic routes.

A 13pc increase in capacity over winter 2014/2015 includes the new Washington DC route, double-daily flights to Boston and 10 weekly flights to Chicago throughout November, December and March, as well as additional frequencies on the New York, San Francisco and Orlando routes at select times.

Flights between Shannon and Boston will operate throughout winter while flights between Shannon and New York will be suspended from early January to mid-March, recommencing in-time for demand over St Patrick’s Day, the airline says.

Aer Lingus will also offer up to 26 weekly flights to the Canary Islands and Morocco this winter, catering for demand over Christmas, mid-term and Easter .

Flights to all winter destinations go on sale today, with fares to Liverpool - already serviced from Dublin by Ryanair - from €19.99 each way.

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