It's a knockout - airline to fly to Philadelphia from next year
Aer Lingus has announced a new, direct flight from Dublin to Philadelphia as part of a bumper 2018 schedule.
The new route will operate four times weekly on a Boeing 757 from March 25, and competes directly with an existing service by American Airlines.
Next year will see the airline's largest ever transatlantic programme, with total capacity to North America reaching 2.75 million seats on 14 routes.
Further transatlantic expansion next year will include twice-daily flights to Chicago and a daily service to both San Francisco and Los Angeles.
"Each new Aer Lingus transatlantic route opens up new tourism and business opportunities and builds connectively to the Dublin Gateway," Mike Rutter, chief operating officer, said.
In Europe, no new routes were revealed, but it does plan to add an extra 96,000 seats on services to destinations including Malaga, Nantes, Bordeaux, Lyon, Prague and Vienna.