Aer Lingus’ winter schedule growth

Aer Lingus will offer 138,000 extra seats from the UK to Ireland this winter and bolster transatlantic capacity by 13%.

The Dublin-based carrier will operate an additional early morning departure between London Heathrow and Dublin – an increase of 56,000 seats – and add 50,000 seats between Birmingham and the Irish capital, an increase of 40%.

Passengers travelling on its services from 18 UK airports can connect to transatlantic services in Dublin where they pre-clear US Customs and Immigration.

The airline will commence a three-times-weekly service between Dublin and Miami on September 1, joining existing transatlantic routes to Boston, Chicago, New York, Orlando, San Francisco, Washington, Los Angeles, Hartford and Toronto.

A daily service to San Francisco and a five-times-weekly service to Los Angeles will operate during peak winter months, while its Dublin-Washington service will become daily during peak months.

In total, it will operate 350 additional transatlantic flights this winter, representing a 13% increase in capacity compared to last year.

"This winter is our biggest yet with considerable expansion of our long-haul and European networks,” says Mike Rutter, Chief Operating Officer, Aer Lingus.

"The increasing recognition that the Aer Lingus Dublin Hub is the fastest, cheapest and least hassle way to visit North America is underpinned by a further 13% increase in transatlantic seats from Dublin this winter."

Rutter adds: "The Aer Lingus Dublin Hub is now the year-round choice for North Atlantic travellers whether they are travelling for leisure or business purposes.”