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Aer Lingus announces further transatlantic expansion for 2017

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New three-times-weekly service to Miami

Aer Lingus has announced its 2017 Dublin summer schedule offering passengers from the UK even greater choice when flying to North America. In addition to a host of additional frequencies, the airline has revealed further expansion of its long haul network with a new Dublin to Miami route, operating three times per week from September 2017.

The new Miami service is in addition to Aer Lingus’ existing transatlantic routes: Boston, Chicago, New York, Orlando, San Francisco, Washington and Toronto via Dublin and Boston and New York via Shannon, as well as the new routes to Los Angeles, Newark and Hartford, which commenced earlier this year.

The airline will increase its Los Angeles flight to a daily service for summer 2017, Dublin to Orlando will increase to four times per week, and Chicago will also increase to a double daily service in the same period.

Passengers from Britain can take advantage of the new services thanks to Aer Lingus’ easy transatlantic connections from 18 key UK airports. When connecting in Dublin, Aer Lingus guests can pre-clear U.S Customs and Immigration allowing them to pass through domestic channels upon landing for a smooth and swift arrival in the USA.

The growth plan underpins Aer Lingus’ successful strategy of expanding its Dublin Airport base into a major European transatlantic gateway. The convenience of U.S Customs and Border Protection services at Dublin has enhanced the continued growth of Aer Lingus’ Dublin operation as a connecting gateway for passengers from the United Kingdom and beyond. Connectivity to North America from the Irish capital has grown rapidly over the past six years seeing Dublin move from eleventh position in 2010 to fifth position in 2016 on the league table of European transatlantic airports.

In addition to its expanded transatlantic network, the airline is also including two new European destinations to its summer schedule - Porto in Portugal and Split in Croatia - and extending its winter route from Dublin to Fuerteventura into the 2017 summer schedule.

The expansion comes after a successful year as part of International Airlines Group (IAG), which saw Aer Lingus awarded a 4-Star rating from Skytrax, the international air transport rating organisation, making it Ireland’s only airline with such an award and placing it among the top 40 airlines in the world for quality and service.

Aer Lingus Chief Executive, Stephen Kavanagh made the announcement at a briefing in Dublin. The expansion comes off the back of International Airlines Group’s commitment to expand the Aer Lingus transatlantic business, grow Ireland’s connectivity and create high quality jobs across the airline.

Speaking at the announcement, Aer Lingus Chief Executive Stephen Kavanagh said: “We are delighted to announce the further expansion of our transatlantic network with the addition of Dublin to Miami and increased frequency to Los Angeles, Orlando and Chicago improving connectivity to North America. New routes from Dublin to Porto and Split will continue to the offer the choice, service and value that delivered our Skytrax 4-Star accreditation and we look forward to welcoming guests on board these new services in 2017.”

Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said he was delighted to welcome the expansion of Aer Lingus services at Dublin next year: “We are delighted that Aer Lingus has decided to launch new routes from Dublin to Miami, Porto and Split next year and also to expand capacity on three of its existing transatlantic routes. These new routes and additional frequencies will offer more choice to both business and leisure customers and will also add new options for passengers choosing to connect at Dublin Airport.”

All Aer Lingus transatlantic fares offer exceptional all-inclusive value with free 23kg baggage allowance, complimentary meal and drinks during the flight and the latest films, television and music via a state-of-the-art inflight entertainment system. Aer Lingus Business Class guests can also enjoy brand new seats which transform into a fully lie-flat bed within a redesigned cabin offering even greater levels of comfort, storage and space.

Tickets for the new transatlantic services are now on sale at with great each way fares from the UK to Miami via Dublin from £279 including taxes and charges.

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