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Aer Lingus launches flights between Manchester and New York JFK

Aer Lingus has finally launched flights between Manchester and New York JFK after multiple delays due to border closures.

On 1st December 2021, Aer Lingus launched flights between Manchester Airport and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, thus expanding its transatlantic services. This also marks its first direct flight between the United Kingdom and the United States. The flights will run with the following schedule:

  • Manchester-New York
  • Departure time: 12:35
  • Arrival time: 16:15
  • Flight time: 8 hours and 40 minutes
  • Flight number: EI45
  • Frequency: Daily
  • New York-Manchester
  • Departure time: 18:15
  • Arrival time: 00:45 (the next day)
  • Flight time: 7 hours and 30 minutes
  • Flight number: EI44
  • Frequency: Daily

Reid Moody, Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, Aer Lingus, said:

Today marks a very important day for Aer Lingus, as we launch our first flights from the UK to the United States as we recover and expand our transatlantic network. It also marks another momentous moment for our new services from Manchester direct to the US, with flights to Orlando set to depart on their inaugural service on 11th December. Our New York and Orlando routes follow the launch of our new direct flights to Barbados on 20th October, which will run until April 2022, before returning the following winter.

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While the inaugural flight was operated by an Airbus A330-300, flights from 3rd December 2021 (flight on 2nd December 2021 will also be operated by an A330-300) will be operated by Airbus A321LR aircraft featuring 16 seats in business class and 168 standard 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.

The Irish flag carrier is also gearing up to launch 4-weekly flights between Manchester and Orlando in Florida on 11th December 2021. These flights will be run by an A330-300. Next summer, the airline will also launch flights to Boston using an A321LR aircraft.

Karen Smart, Managing Director, Manchester Airport, said:

It’s incredibly pleasing to see Aer Lingus launch its New York service, which will give passengers more choice when looking to travel to what is one of our most popular destinations. The fact Aer Lingus has chosen Manchester Airport as its first UK base for transatlantic flights is a great boost for the region, creating hundreds of jobs in the process. Aer Lingus’ transatlantic routes will no doubt be hugely popular with the 22 million people that live in our catchment area, especially now the US has opened up to British travellers. I look forward to working closely with Aer Lingus as they grow from Manchester Airport.

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