Aer Lingus adds two new routes and 300,000 seats in biggest ever winter schedule
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 aerlingus.com.
Other developments include a doubling of frequency on the winter Dublin-Hamburg service (10 flights per week), and increased capacity on its Zurich services.