Dublin flights ‘will open up gateway to the States’

AER Lingus flights to Dublin from Liverpool John Lennon Airport will start later in the year.

The service is due to commence on October 23 with 16 flights per week between on a 174 seat Airbus A320 aircraft.

Flight times are ideal for those passengers wanting to conduct a day’s business in Dublin, departing from Liverpool at 8.40am and arriving back at 7.05pm throughout the working week.

However, it is the ability for customers travelling from Liverpool to seamlessly connect onto Aer Lingus flights to North America via Dublin airport that is also expected to prove popular.

Onward flights are available to destinations including New York, Boston, Chicago, Washington, Orlando, San Francisco and Toronto, with the morning flight from Liverpool timed to enable convenient transfer times for passengers at Dublin Airport of as little as 75 minutes.

All parts of the US Customs and Border Protection Pre-clearance process are completed at Dublin airport in one quick and easy procedure, Aer Lingus customers will clear US immigration and customs before departing to the US.

Ireland is the only European country to offer these state-of-the-art facilities and means that customers travelling to the US via Ireland are seen as domestic arriving passengers.

Described by Aer Lingus as ‘you can arrive before you depart’,  this enables a speedy exit after arriving on the airline’s long haul flights and avoids often lengthy arrivals processing queues.

Andrew Cornish, chief executive  of LJLA, said: “This latest route announcement for the airport is a clear demonstration of our commitment to bring more routes, more airlines and more choice for the region’s travellers.
“It route will enhance the Airport’s reputation as a convenient hassle free alternative for business travellers in particular, looking to do business both in Dublin or onward to the US.”
Aer Lingus chief revenue officer, Mike Rutter, said “The historic connections between the two cities makes Dublin-Liverpool the perfect choice for Aer Lingus’s first major expansion in Short Haul services for a decade.

“We believe that we can offer the region both great value flights to Dublin and also access to the fastest growing transatlantic gateway in Europe.”