Saturday 17 March 2018

Aer Lingus adds two new routes and 300,000 seats in biggest ever winter schedule

Flying high

Aer Lingus A330
Aer Lingus A330
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Aer Lingus has unveiled what it says is its largest ever winter schedule, including 350 extra transatlantic flights.

The 2017/18 winter schedule includes a new direct flight from Dublin to Miami, and a new winter route to Bilbao in Spain (until now, this was a summer service).

The thrice-weekly Bilbao service will operate in November, December and March only, with lead-in fares from €54.99 each way.

In total, 300,000 additional seats are being added - 194,000 of which will be rolled out across short-haul services on European routes.

These include an additional peak morning flight from Dublin to London.

Transatlantic capacity will grow by 13pc, aided by a new Airbus A330-300, which will be in operation for the full winter season, the airline says.

The new, three-times weekly Miami route commences on September 1st. Lead-in fares are quoted from €249 each-way during the winter months.

Aer Lingus is also boosting its Dublin to Toronto capacity by 96pc, with four flights a week operated on a larger Airbus A330, it says.

“This Winter is our biggest yet with considerable expansion of our long-haul and European networks," said Mike Rutter, its Chief Operating Officer.

"The increasing recognition that [our] Dublin Hub is the fastest, cheapest and least hassle way to visit North America is underpinned by a further 13pc increase in transatlantic seats from Dublin this winter," he added.

Celebrating its announcement, Aer Lingus has launched a flash sale offering €50 off return trips to North America - if booked before midnight on August 15 on

Other developments include a doubling of frequency on the winter Dublin-Hamburg service (10 flights per week), and increased capacity on its Zurich services.

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