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Transatlantic travel from Dublin continues to boom, with Aer Lingus now announcing several extra flights to Chicago.

The new flights will be added during November and December of this year due to strong demand over Thanksgiving and the Christmas Holidays, the airline said.

Aer Lingus will operate up to 10 flights a week from Dublin to Chicago during those months, with twice-daily flights adding an extra 13,000 seats on the route.

The airline has also just announced a 'Bumper Seat Sale', which sees one-way flights between Ireland and North America from €239, including taxes and charges.

Each-way sale rates start from:

  • Dublin to Toronto: €239
  • Shannon/Dublin to new York: €249
  • Shannon/Dublin to Boston: €249
  • Shannon/Dublin to Chicago: €299
  • Dublin to Washington DC: €289
  • Dublin to Orlando: €289
  • Dublin to San Francisco: €369

Sale fares apply to travel from April 1 to June 15, and  must be booked by March 9. 

Frequent fliers will notice the fares are considerably higher than the €149 fares announced by Wow Air recently, although the Icelandic low-cost carrier's prices are lead-in rates, and include a two-hour stopover in Reykjavik.

The latest news follows a bumper year for transatlantic air travel, with Dublin Airport clocking a record 2.1 million transatlantic passengers (a growth of 14pc) in 2014.

This summer, the airport will host 158 departures a week to North America.

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Aer Lingus, currently the subject of a takeover bid from IAG, has also invested in a new business class product which it plans to introduce across its transatlantic fleet next month.

Lie-flat seats, 16-inch HD screens and "on-demand" dining will provide "the best shot of sleep" on direct flights to North America, the airline has claimed.

Starting from May, Aer Lingus will also operate a new transatlantic service from Dublin to Washington-Dulles. Additional flights will operate on the Dublin to San Francisco, Orlando and New York routes this year too.

Overall, the airline's long-haul capacity will rise by over 18pc this summer.

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