Aer Lingus (EI/EIN) first new transatlantic route since 2019 got underway today as the new service from Dublin (DUB/EIDW) to Cleveland, Ohio took off.
Operated by a brand new Airbus A321neo LR, the four times per week service will open up the midwest off the US with Aer Lingus being the online airliner from Europe to fly there.
Lynne Embleton, CEO, Aer Lingus, said: “The addition of the new Cleveland route is a further demonstration of Aer Lingus’ commitment to develop Dublin as a hub, a key part of the airline’s growth strategy.
“At Aer Lingus we are seeing a 20% increase in transatlantic bookings, a strong indicator of the demand amongst US passengers for travel to Ireland and Europe. which is being met by our largest ever transatlantic schedule, delivering over 2.25 million seats this summer.
“We are very proud of what we have achieved over the last decade having consistently grown our North American network and we plan to continue on this growth trajectory. Dublin’s geographic position is unique and advantageous for the airline as we can fly to North America operating some of the most sustainable aircraft across the Atlantic.
“Not only do we serve the very popular destinations such as New York, Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles, our A321neoLR aircraft also allow us to provide connections to secondary cities such as Cleveland.
“Our strategy augments direct travel between Ireland and the US with connecting passengers from across Europe.
“With the ability to preclear US Customs and Immigration in Dublin and competitive pricing, flying via Dublin is an attractive proposition. Almost 40% of Aer Lingus’ transatlantic passengers are connecting passengers flying through Dublin; positioning Aer Lingus and Dublin as a highly influential and growing player in transatlantic travel.”
Those wishing to fly from the UK to Cleveland can connect from most UK airports via Dublin with Aer Lingus and Aer Lingus Regional.