Airlines Aer Lingus opens first UK Base at Manchester Airport

Irish carrier Aer Lingus has announced, that it will open its first UK base at Manchester Airport.

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Manchester Airport is set to become the first UK base for Irish flag-carrier Aer Lingus. The airline plans to open four new transatlantic routes. For the first time, an airline will operate a service from the UK to the Caribbean with the opening of a route to Barbados.

The other three routes will be to U.S.-American destinations New York JFK, Orlando and Boston. Flights to New York and Orlando will commence at the end of July, flights to Barbados in October this year and Boston will be served from Summer 2022.

David Shepherd, Aer Lingus Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We are delighted to offer high-quality, direct, non-stop, business and leisure travel options, at very reasonable prices for travellers and holidaymakers across the North of England.”

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.”

It will be for the first time in Aer Lingus´ history that an UK base will be opened. The carrier said that it expects to create 120 new jobs at Manchester, supporting the airline industry after Covid-19.

Aer Lingus will use the Airbus A321LR aircraft for the transatlantic routes. The aircraft was specifically designed for these types of routes.

Regarding the A321LR, Shepherd added: “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.”

Aer Lingus has a long-standing history at Manchester Airport, as it is one of the airports´ longest serving airlines. Currently, Aer Lingus serves Dublin and Belfast, but flights to Cork are set to resume this summer.

Founded in 1926, Aer Lingus has been the national airline of Ireland ever since. The carrier serves flights on over 100 routes and transports more than 12 million guests annually in normal market circumstances.

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