As was widely tipped online, Aer Lingus has today announced it is to return to Los Angeles and Newark airports next year, and launch a new direct route from Dublin to Bradley International Airport in Hartford County, Connecticut. The latter route will be the sole transatlantic route from the airport.
Aer Lingus will fly five times a week to Los Angeles from Sunday 1 May 2016, and daily to Newark from Thursday 1 September 2016. Both routes will be operated by A330 aircraft. Flights for these routes are on sale now at AerLingus.com
Aer Lingus will also fly daily to Bradley International Airport from September 2016 and flights for this route are expected to go on sale 3 November. This route will be operated by a Boeing 757 aircraft.
All flights will depart from Terminal 2 at Dublin airport and all passengers will benefit from US immigration and customs pre-clearance in Dublin.
Passengers originating in the UK will have ample connection opportunities from London Heathrow, Gatwick and City airports.
Whilst today’s announcement has been hailed as significant for Aer Lingus, it is more interesting for what it doesn’t say.
There has been no mention of any planned co-operation with fellow IAG airlines such as British Airways or future Oneworld alliance partners such as American Airlines. Such co-operation will be vital for the success of these routes and we can only assume that regulatory hurdles are holding up such announcements.
Flight EI101 Depart Dublin 13:10 – Arrive Newark 15:40
Flight EI100 Depart Newark 17:35 – Arrive Dublin 05:20
Flight EI145 Depart Dublin 15:00 – Arrive Los Angeles 18:00 (Does not operate Tuesday & Thursday)
Flight EI144 Depart Los Angeles 19:50 – Arrive Dublin 14:00 (Does not operate Tuesday & Thursday)