Sunday 4 December 2016

Aer Lingus begins direct flights from Dublin to Los Angeles

Transatlantic travel

Published 04/05/2016 | 02:30

Pictured at the announcement of Aer Lingus's long-haul expansion was Aer Lingus Cabin Crewmember: Michelle Thompson. Picture: Jason Clarke
Pictured at the announcement of Aer Lingus's long-haul expansion was Aer Lingus Cabin Crewmember: Michelle Thompson. Picture: Jason Clarke

Aer Lingus's new service to LA takes off today, in the latest boost for Dublin Airport's transatlantic connectivity.

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The year-round service, which sees four flights per week to LAX, will be operated on the airline's fleet of long-haul, Airbus 330 aircraft.

It is the first of three new North American routes Aer Lingus is launching this year, to be followed by direct flights from Dublin Airport to Newark (New Jersey) from September 1, and Hartford (Connecticut) from September 28.

One-way fares on the 11-hour flight start from €299, the airline said.

The Aer Lingus route is the latest boost in connectivity to LA, with Ethiopian Airlines already operating direct flights as part of its one-stop service between Addis Ababa and LA, and Iceland's WOW air offering connections via Reykjavik.

Ethiopian operates its three-times weekly service on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner with fares from €271 in June as we publish, although it does not offer US Customs and Border Preclearance in Dublin, as is the case with Aer Lingus.

WOW's fares start from €189 each way, though its service includes at least an 80-minute stopover in Iceland and checked baggage fees from €54.99 (Aer Lingus and Ethiopian both include checked bags in their fares).

However you get there, Los Angeles will enthrall. Enjoying something of a revival and about to get a new Metro line from Downtown to Santa Monica, the Californian city offers sun, sea, a tantalising food scene and a world-class arts district.

And that's not even starting on Hollywood and its surrounding hills.

Transatlantic travel is booming at Dublin Airport, which will operate over 290 flights per week to/from nine destinations in the US this summer.

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