BY TIM HEDGLEY, GROUP TRAVEL EDITOR
Aer Lingus has today announced new longhaul travel options for customers in Northern Ireland via Manchester.
Today the airline launched its first ever direct, non-stop transatlantic services from Manchester, flying to New York JFK and Orlando from 29 July, to Barbados from 20 October and to Boston from summer 2022.
Travelling with Aer Lingus from Belfast City Airport, Northern Ireland customers will be able to seamlessly connect in Manchester to popular destinations in the US and the Caribbean.
Two of the four new routes, New York JFK and Boston, will be operated by the new single-aisle Airbus A321LR, making Aer Lingus the first airline to operate the aircraft on regular scheduled services between the UK and the US.
Services to holiday hotspots such as Orlando and Barbados will be operated by a larger Airbus A330-300 aircraft.
Aer Lingus will be offering highly competitive fares in both Business Class and Economy Class on the new routes for customers from Belfast, with summer fares starting from £229 each-way, as part of a return journey.
David Shepherd, Aer Lingus Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We are delighted to launch exciting new longhaul destinations to the US and the Caribbean that our customers from Northern Ireland can avail of via Manchester at very reasonable prices.
“Aer Lingus has been flying to North America for more than 60 years and we also have a proud history with Manchester Airport.
“Now our customers from Northern Ireland have even greater choice when travelling transatlantic as they can seamlessly connect via Manchester to popular US destinations such as New York, Boston and Orlando as well as Barbados in the Caribbean and they also can choose to fly direct from Dublin to North America with Aer Lingus.
“With so many people missing out on travel due to Covid-19 over the past year, we are delighted to be sharing this positive news today, announcing a great choice for customers.
“We believe our transatlantic offering is one of the best in the marketplace comprising both business and economy cabins”.
Flying transatlantic with Aer Lingus, UK travellers will benefit from the airline’s ‘Book with Confidence’ offer which has been extended to 31 December 2021 allowing customers to change their flights up to two hours before they are due to depart with no change fee*.
The Aer Lingus ‘Book with Confidence’ offer is available on all fare types and customers can change their bookings as many times as they like.
The Skytrax-rated 4-Star airline’s award-winning Business Class boasts a fully lie-flat 6.5ft long bed, complimentary Wi-Fi and complimentary access to more than 7,000 digital newspapers/magazines via the PressReader app.
Business Class customers can also experience the very best of local cuisine thanks to carefully created dishes to enjoy onboard during their flight. Economy Class customers will enjoy complimentary meals and soft drinks on board and will too be able to access both Wi-Fi and the PressReader app as a paid-for service on board.
Aer Lingus offers all customers free access to a world of entertainment, thanks to its inflight entertainment service, featuring the latest blockbuster movies, box sets, games and much more.
The A321LR promises customers a more innovative and sustainable travel experience as the aircraft boasts greater fuel-efficiency and a 50% reduction in noise footprint compared to previous generation aircraft.
Aer Lingus is delighted to confirm that all flights will soon be available for purchase through British Airways and British Airways Holidays.