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Aer Lingus announces three new direct destinations from Dublin

Summer 2017

Published 15/11/2016 | 12:19

An Aer Lingus plane lands at Faro, Portugal. Photo: Deposit
An Aer Lingus plane lands at Faro, Portugal. Photo: Deposit
Aer Lingus Cabin Crew - Lorna Kavanagh and Laura McCabe and Karen Saunders celebrating the airline's new route to Miami from September 2017. Picture: Jason Clarke
Miami at dusk. Photo: Deposit
Aer Lingus Cabin Crew - Lorna Kavanagh and Laura McCabe and Karen Saunders celebrating the airline's new route to Miami from September 2017. Picture: Jason Clarke

Aer Lingus has announced a new, three-times weekly service from Dublin to Miami starting from September, 2017.

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The airline will also begin direct flights from Dublin to Porto, Portugal, and Split in Croatia during next year's summer schedule.

The announcement was made today at a press conference providing updates on the airline's progress since its acquisition by IAG a year ago.

2017 will see the airline's largest ever transatlantic schedule, Chief Executive Stephen Kavanagh said, with some 2.5 million seats and a capacity boost of 21pc.

Los Angeles will become a daily service for summer 2017, with Orlando increasing to four flights weekly during the same period (April to October).

The lead in fare for Dublin-Miami is €299 each-way, with flights operating on a wide-body A330 with both business and economy classes.

Aer Lingus Cabin Crew - Lorna Kavanagh and Laura McCabe and Karen Saunders celebrating the airline's new route to Miami from September 2017. Picture: Jason Clarke
Aer Lingus Cabin Crew - Lorna Kavanagh and Laura McCabe and Karen Saunders celebrating the airline's new route to Miami from September 2017. Picture: Jason Clarke

Miami offers an entry point to Florida for potential visitors, and also a direct-flight option for connecting with cruises departing from the city.

Fares to Porto and Split will start from €39.99 and €69.99 respectively.

In another development, Aer Lingus says it will operate double-daily flights from Dublin to Chicago for summer 2017.

The airline will have 11 long-haul A330 aircraft in its fleet for next summer, as well as four smaller Boeing 757s.

In total, it will operate 13 transatlantic routes next year.

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