Aer Lingus launches direct flights to Washington DC
The new, four-times weekly service will start next May.
Aer Lingus has announced new direct flights from Dublin to Washington DC.
Commencing from May 1st, 2015, fares on the four-times weekly flights will start at €299 each way.
The flights were launched as the airline unveiled its Summer 2015 schedule, with further capacity added on transatlantic routes from Dublin to San Francisco, New York and Orlando and from Shannon to Boston.
In total, the airline will operate 24 transatlantic departures daily next summer.
The new schedule includes a daily flight from Dublin to San Francisco, up from five weekly, and the addition of a third daily flight from Dublin to New York from June through August.
Dublin to Orlando will change from three to four flights per week from May 1st, with a 20pc increase in capacity on the Shannon-Boston route for the peak summer period.
Short haul capacity is also set to increase, with new Aer Lingus routes to Agadir and Nantes for next summer, and increased frequency on popular flights including Palma, Fuerteventura, Bordeaux, Venice and Bilbao.
Aer Lingus also announced operating profits of almost €113m for its last quarter - its strongest results since the financial crisis.
Increased transatlantic capacity works both ways, of course.
Tourism Ireland has been quick to welcome the new routes, pointing out that over one million Americans will visit Ireland in 2014, spending more than US$1 billion.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said:
“As an island, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism."