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Aer Lingus announces Transatlantic flights from Manchester

Aer Lingus yesterday confirmed its plans to fly transatlantic routes from Manchester in the northwest of England.

Aer Lingus Transatlantic routes revealed

Aer Lingus has finally broken the news we’ve all been waiting for. Its long-haul ambitions from Manchester in the United Kingdom have been detailed today in an announcement by the airline.

Starting 29th July, the Irish airline will fly from Manchester airport to New York-JFK and Orlando. These routes will be complemented by the addition of Barbados on 20th October and Boston in the summer of 2022.

Speaking about the announcement, David Shepherd, Chief Commercial Officer, Aer Lingus, 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. 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.

Photo: Aer Lingus

Flight schedule of Manchester-New York JFK-Manchester route:

  • Manchester-New York JFK
  • Departure time: 12:05
  • Arrival time: 15:25
  • Flight time: 8 hours and 20 minutes
  • Flight number: EI45
  • Frequency: Daily
  • New York JFK-Manchester
  • Departure time: 17:25
  • Arrival time: 05:50 (the next day)
  • Flight time: 7 hours and 25 minutes
  • Flight number: EI44

Flight schedule of Manchester-Orlando-Manchester route:

  • Manchester-Orlando
  • Departure time: 11:00
  • Arrival time: 15:45
  • Flight time: 9 hours and 45 minutes
  • Flight number: EI35
  • Frequency: Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
  • Orlando-Manchester
  • Departure time: 19:00
  • Arrival time: 08:35
  • Flight time: 8 hours and 35 minutes
  • Flight number: EI34

Flight schedule of Manchester-Bridgetown-Manchester route:

  • Manchester-Bridgetown
  • Departure time: 10:15
  • Arrival time: 14:35
  • Flight time: 9 hours and 20 minutes
  • Flight number: EI31
  • Frequency: Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
  • Bridgetown-Manchester
  • Departure time: 19:40
  • Arrival time: 09:20 (the next day)
  • Flight time: 8 hours and 40 minutes
  • Flight number: EI30

First airline to deploy Airbus A321LR on transatlantic flight from the UK to the US

Aer Lingus is keen to note that it will be the first airline to launch services with the long-range narrowbody from Airbus between the United Kingdom and the United States. The A321LR (Long Range) will be used on the routes to New York from July and to Boston next year.

Aer Lingus’ Airbus A321LR Photo: Aer Lingus

The airline’s Airbus A321LR has 16 seats in business class and 168 seats in the economy class cabin. The business class seats are the Thompson Aero that recline into a fully flat bed ensuring comfort on this long trips.

Photo: Aer Lingus

The holiday hotspot services to Orlando and Barbados, however, will utilize the larger A330-300 aircraft. Aer Lingus is clearly expecting strong demand for these routes and will see it competing fiercely with Virgin Atlantic for its share of the trade.

Aer Lingus’ A330 Economy Class cabin Photo: Aer Lingus

For Manchester, the addition of new services from Aer Lingus is a welcome arrival. Karen Smart, Managing Director, Manchester Airport, said:

Pre-pandemic there were more than 5.5 million passengers who crossed the Atlantic each year via Manchester and so to be able to offer these services with a new carrier is great news. In addition, Aer Lingus’s commitment to the U.K’s northern gateway results in the creation of 120 much-needed jobs. Aer Lingus’ commitment to these new services will be a real boost for those passengers we know are keen to start travelling as soon as the current restrictions can be lifted. This demonstration of pent-up demand is another reason why it is more important than ever that the Government develops proposals to restart travel that are clear, uncomplicated and affordable. We eagerly await the findings of the Global Taskforce in April.

Currently, British travelers are banned from going abroad for leisure purposes. The latest update from the government showed that the ban would not be lifted before 17th May, but that is subject to further review.

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