Aer Lingus to launch transatlantic services from Manchester

The operator hopes to create more than 100 jobs at the airport and will begin services this July

Irish flag carrier, Aer Lingus, is to launch its first-ever transatlantic nonstop flights from Manchester to the United States and the Caribbean. 

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The flag carrier expects to use its Airbus A321LRs on two of the four connections. Aviation Image Network/Simon Gregory

The Dublin-based operator is expected to commence four new routes from the Northwest of England hub to New York/JFK and Orlando from July 29, as well as Barbados and Boston/Logan from the summer of 2022. 

The two links to the Big Apple and the Massachusetts capital will be operated by the firm’s new single-aisle Airbus A321LRs – of which it currently boasts a fleet comprising five examples all configured in a two-class 184-seat layout. 

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Services to the two holiday hotspots are expected to be flown using larger A330-300 widebodies. 

As part of its expansion into Manchester, Aer Lingus says it will create up to 120 job opportunities in the North of England. Recruitment will be predominantly for cabin crew roles, together with additional positions within maintenance and engineering, and ground operations. 

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The carrier's A330-300 will be used for the higher traffic holiday hotspot routes to Orlando and Barbados. Aviation Image Network/Bailey

David Shepherd, Aer Lingus’ chief commercial officer, said: “With so many people missing out on travel due to COVID-19 over the past year, [we are] 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.   

“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. We look forward to commencing our transatlantic services this summer.” 

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

“Aer Lingus’ commitment to these new services will be a real boost for those passengers we know are keen to start travelling as soon as the current restrictions can be lifted. This demonstration of pent-up demand is another reason why it is more important than ever that the Government develops proposals to restart travel that are clear, uncomplicated and affordable. We eagerly await the findings of the Global Taskforce in April.” 

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.