It’s official: Aer Lingus to launch 4 transatlantic routes from England to the US and Caribbean

Mar 24, 2021

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Aer Lingus confirmed on Wednesday that it will be launching direct, nonstop flights from Manchester, England to the United States and the Caribbean. In total, the Irish carrier will launch four transatlantic flights from Manchester to New York, Boston, Orlando and Barbados.

As of July 29, Aer Lingus will launch its first-ever transatlantic service from Manchester to the U.S. by flying to New York (JFK) and Orlando (MCO). Then, on Oct. 20, Aer Lingus will begin flying from Manchester (MAN) to Barbados (BGI). Finally, in summer 2022, the airline will fly from Manchester (MAN) to Boston (BOS).

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Two of the routes — to JFK and BOS — will be operated by Aer Lingus’ new Airbus A321LR. When the JFK route first launches, the airline will become the first to operate transatlantic flights from the U.S. to the U.K. with the narrow-body A321LR on regularly scheduled services.

On the leisure routes — to MCO and BGI — Aer Lingus will utilize one of its wide-body Airbus A330 aircraft.

Aer Lingus A330 interior. (Photo courtesy of Aer Lingus)

“We are delighted to offer high-quality, direct, nonstop, business and leisure travel options, at very reasonable prices for travelers and holidaymakers across the North of England,” Aer Lingus Chief Commercial Officer David Shepherd said in a statement. “Aer Lingus has been flying to North America for more than 60 years and we also have a proud history with Manchester Airport.”

The transatlantic routes from Manchester were a long time coming. Reports of the routes had been circulating for months before Aer Lingus announced them as official on Wednesday.

Residents in the North of England, in particular those in the North West, will now have the option to book using Avios for direct transatlantic travel from Manchester to Boston (BOS), New York (JFK), Orlando (MCO) and Barbados (BGI) instead of traveling to London.

Award redemption rates will be offered at the following levels:

  • Manchester – New York: 20,000 Avios in summer 2021 (13,000 in autumn/winter 2021)
  • Manchester – Orlando: 25,000 Avios in summer 2021 (16,250 in autumn/winter 2021)
  • Manchester – Barbados: 16,2500 Avios in autumn/winter 2021 when the route launches.

Award rates to Boston were not included in Wednesday’s announcement.

Related: US green lights Aer Lingus membership in American-British Airways partnership

Aer Lingus said that with the establishment of the four routes from Manchester to the U.S. and the Caribbean, it will have created 120 job opportunities in the North of England — mostly in cabin crew roles.

Related: Aer Lingus business class on the A321neo, Dublin to Philadelphia

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