Launching Summer 2018

We’re continuing double-digit transatlantic growth for the fifth year running, and creating 100 new jobs in 2018 and 800 new jobs by 2020.

Aer Lingus Cabin Crew

We’re delighted to announce our 2018 Dublin Summer Schedule, which features a brand new route to Philadelphia, operating four times per week direct from Dublin. Philadelphia is the 9th most visited city in the United States, welcoming over 30 million visitors annually. The latest route expansion follows IAG investment in brand new aircraft. We have taken delivery of four new long haul aircraft in the last 24 months. This has enabled the introduction of four new transatlantic routes (Los Angeles, Newark, Hartford, Miami) and now Philadelphia. The expansion has created hundreds of new jobs for pilots, cabin crew and ground handling staff.

Aer Lingus Cabin Crew
We’re taking on more cabin crew for summer 2018

Largest ever transatlantic network

Summer 2018 will mark our largest ever long haul programme with 177,000 additional seats across the Atlantic over the summer season. Our total capacity to and from North America for 2018 will reach 2.75 million seats.

The transatlantic expansion includes a daily service to both San Francisco and Los Angeles, as well as twice-daily flights to Chicago. Miami, which was launched as a new route in late summer 2017, will continue through the winter and into next summer, operating three times per week. Miami and Orlando (which operates four times weekly) will together offer a connection between Ireland and Florida every day for summer 2018. Washington will continue to operate daily for the summer, but on a larger Airbus A330-300 series aircraft for four out of seven days, providing 31% additional seats on the route.

Chicago view from Lake Michigan
Chicago view from Lake Michigan

Delivering on our North Atlantic Gateway Strategy

We continue to drive our strategy of expanding our Dublin Airport base into a major European transatlantic gateway. This gateway strategy in bringing increased connectivity for Ireland as well as growing jobs and supporting international trade and economic growth. For visitors travelling from Philadelphia next summer, we offer seamless connections to 21 key European destinations via Dublin. Equally, the convenience of U.S Customs and Border Protection services at Dublin makes crossing the Atlantic from Ireland a cinch!

On the strength of our connectivity to North America, Dublin Airport holds fifth position on the league table of European transatlantic airports in 2016, having jumped from eleventh position in 2010.

We have ambitious growth targets for our transatlantic gateway and we’ll add eight Airbus A321 Long Range aircraft to our fleet in 2019 and 2020 to support further transatlantic route launches in the coming years.

2018 Summer Sun

Our European network remains focused on summer sun, boasting 945,000 seats to Spain, 310,000 seats to the Canary Islands and 495,000 seats to Portugal. Malaga continues to be one of the most popular choices for Irish sun-seekers and this route will enjoy 11,000 additional seats from Dublin in summer 2018.

Malaga Beach
Extra seats to the sun

Additional key short-haul growth routes include Bordeaux (19,000 extra seats), Lyon (22,000 extra seats), Lisbon (11,000 extra seats), Rome (12,000 extra seats), Prague (18,000 extra seats) and Vienna (21,000 extra seats), among others.

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