Strong demand has led to the extension of the Aer Lingus Washington DC schedule and the early resumption of flights for summer 2016.
- Aer Lingus introduced a summer service from Dublin to Washington DC on 1st May 2015
- Following strong demand, the service was extended to 4th January 2016
- Aer Lingus now plans to resume flights from Dublin to Washington DC early to meet strong demand for travel over St Patrick’s Day
- As part of the summer 2016 programme, flights will recommence on 14th March with four services per week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Flights between Dublin and Toronto will continue to operate throughout the winter with three flights weekly on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Extra flights have been added over the Easter holidays on Saturday 19th and 26th March, with an additional 700 seats available for sale. The extra flights will serve the strong demand over the Easter holiday period.
Recent research has revealed the primary reason that Aer Lingus guests travel to Toronto is to visit friends and relatives (VFR), reflecting the strong Irish diaspora connections. Toronto came out top for VFR traffic with almost half, 48%, of Aer Lingus guests confirming their primary purpose for travel was to visit relatives.
Aer Lingus has also added extra seats on flights between Dublin and Chicago with an additional 1,000 seats available over St Patrick’s Day and Easter holidays. A larger aircraft, an A330-300, will be deployed on the route to facilitate the extra capacity.
Chicago is a major connecting point for Aer Lingus guests travelling throughout the USA and Canada. Guests wishing to connect to onward cities from Chicago can choose from almost 70 connections across North America with partner airline United, including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas and Denver. Aer Lingus customers travelling from the UK and Continental Europe can connect from over 30 cities, via Dublin, to Chicago including London, Glasgow, Manchester, Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris.
Customers can enjoy the best in smart travel with access to wi-fi and mobile data, the ability to pre-clear US Customs at Dublin and Shannon Airports, and, for the business traveller, a new Business Class with full lie-flat seating.
Mike Rutter, Aer Lingus Chief Revenue Officer, said: “We are delighted to add extra capacity to serve the strong demand for travel over St Patrick’s Day and Easter holidays. We continue to monitor and adjust our schedule to meet our guests’ needs. Customers are looking for more choice in terms of destinations, frequencies and service quality which we are happy to be able to deliver. New connections across the USA and Canada allow for seamless transfer options, making Aer Lingus the smart choice.”