Aer Lingus has announced a major expansion of its trans-Atlantic route network.
Aer Lingus’ addition of direct flights from Dublin to Los Angeles, Newark and Hartford (Connecticut) represents a 50% increase in the number of US destinations served by the airline.
The Aer Lingus Los Angeles route returns after a five year hiatus and new Hartford route will provide a much welcomed service to the strong Irish community in Connecticut.
Additionally, these services will hopefully bring more visitors to Ireland from the US, with a welcome increase on last year, with 2014 being a record year showing 13% more visitors than the previous year.
Reacting to the announcement, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan said:
“In an economic context, this is a hugely significant development, given that increased direct air access is one of the key factors in driving trade, investment and tourism flows between the two countries.
“Eleven direct Aer Lingus routes will soon be operating between Ireland and the US, our largest market for export goods, with the US consuming 22% of our goods exports in 2014, an increase of more than 7% on the previous year. "