Aer Lingus unveils three routes to US
Aer Lingus plans to add more transatlantic services in 2017 after unveiling three new routes to the United States that will begin next year.
The airline, which was bought by British Airways owner IAG this year, is relaunching its services between Dublin and Los Angeles, and Newark in New Jersey. Aer Lingus cancelled its Dublin-LA service in 2008 as the downturn hit, and its Dublin-Newark route in 2001 following the 9-11 terror attacks.
It will also launch a new service from Dublin to Hartford, Connecticut, with the help of a rumoured multi-million dollar support package provided by the US state.
Aer Lingus will add 200 jobs as a result of the expansion.
Aer Lingus will fly between Dublin and Los Angeles from May next year, operating five times a week between the cities.
It will fly to Newark, which is a New York gateway airport, daily from September next year. The Dublin-Hartford route will also be a daily service and will begin next September. The new routes mark the single biggest ever expansion of long-haul services at Aer Lingus and mean it will now be flying to 12 destinations in North America next year.
IAG chief executive Willie Walsh and Aer Lingus chief executive Stephen Kavanagh both indicated that further expansion of Aer Lingus services would follow.
Mr Walsh - a former Aer Lingus chief executive - also said there was no reason why if sufficient demand existed from Ireland for direct flights to destinations in countries such as China or Australia, that they could not be introduced in the future.
It is also anticipated that Aer Lingus could introduce routes to cities such as Miami, Dallas and Philadelphia in the future.