Aer Lingus confirms Manchester transatlantic routes

New York, Orlando, Barbados and Boston will be the direct destinations

Aer Lingus A330
Aer Lingus A330

Aer Lingus has finally confirmed the transatlantic routes it plans to operate from Manchester Airport (MAN/EGCC) with the first operating to New York and Orlando.

In what has been one of the worst kept secrets of modern times, the flights will be operated under Aer Lingus UK with a UK Air Operators Certificate (AOC) and its intentions became known when it sought permission from the US to operate the transatlantic routes.

Formally announcing the routes, David Shepherd, Aer Lingus Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We are delighted to offer high-quality, direct, non-stop, business and leisure travel options, at very reasonable prices for travellers and holidaymakers across the North of England. Aer Lingus has been flying to North America for more than 60 years and we also have a proud history with Manchester Airport.

“With so many people missing out on travel due to Covid-19 over the past year, Aer Lingus is delighted to be sharing this positive news today, announcing a great choice for customers and creating up to 120 jobs in the North of England.  Advertisement:

“We believe our transatlantic offering is one of the best in the marketplace comprising both business and economy cabins.

“Equally our operation of the new and innovative Airbus A321LR aircraft marks a further milestone as Aer Lingus will be one of the first carriers to fly the aircraft between the UK and the US. We look forward to commencing our transatlantic services this summer.”

Flights to New York and Orlando will begin 29th July 2021 with Barbados and Boston expected to be added in 2022.

The flights will be operated by a mixture of Airbus A330 and Airbus A321LR aircraft, a first for UK transatlantic flights which is something Aer Lingus is keen to point out.

The new routes will also create up to 120 jobs.

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