Aer Lingus to launch transatlantic services from Manchester

Karen Smart and David Shepherd
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Irish national flag carrier Aer Lingus is to launch its first ever transatlantic services direct from Manchester to the US and the Caribbean, which will create up to 120 jobs.

Aer Lingus will commence four new routes from Manchester Airport flying to New York JFK and Orlando from July 29, to Barbados from October 20, and to Boston from summer 2022.

Two of the four new routes, New York JFK and Boston, will be operated by the new single-aisle Airbus A321LR, making Aer Lingus the first airline to operate the aircraft on regular scheduled services between the UK and the US.

Services to holiday hotspots such as Orlando and Barbados will be operated by a larger Airbus A330-300 aircraft.

Recruitment for the new jobs will be predominantly for cabin crew roles, together with additional positions within maintenance and engineering, and ground operations.

The New York JFK and Boston services will serve 58 onward destinations, with a schedule designed to maximise onward connectivity to exciting destinations such as Las Vegas, Nashville, and Jamaica, and for the first time from Manchester to San Jose, Bermuda and Dallas.

David Shepherd, Aer Lingus chief commercial officer, said: “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.”

The airline is one of Manchester’s longest serving carriers, currently flying to Dublin and Belfast, with flights to Cork set to resume in the summer.

Karen Smart, Manchester Airport managing director, said: “These routes will be a great addition to the departure boards here at Manchester as we look forward to restarting international travel.

“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 UK’s northern gateway results in the creation of 120 much-needed jobs.”

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