LONDON – Irish Carrier Aer Lingus has announced that it will launch a new transatlantic service in its 2023 service schedule with flights to Cleveland, Ohio from Dublin, it will be its first service to the U.S city.
New Route Shows Intent
Flights are due to begin on May 19, 2023, and will be flowing on four times weekly schedule, it becomes the 15 transatlantic service from Ireland for the carrier and currently is the only direct European service from Cleveland.
The route is a key next step in the carrier’s long-term COVID-19 pandemic recovery, for its long-haul network and connections.
Next summer Aer Lingus will be operating 3 of its transatlantic routes from its manchester based hub, which it announced earlier this year, as the gateway for the North continues to see a significant increase in North American traffic demand.
Reid Moody, Aer Lingus Chief Strategy & Planning Officer commented on the announcement saying: “This is a significant announcement for Aer Lingus as we deliver on our ambition to grow our transatlantic network.”
“The commencement of a new route, accompanied with further network connectivity, is an exciting milestone for the airline during a critical time of recovery for our business. The new service to Cleveland not only provides a direct connection to Ireland but connections to over 20 popular European destinations via our Dublin Hub”,
The new transatlantic service will be operated by the carrier’s brand new Airbus A321neo LR, which is the carrier’s most efficient and sustainable long-haul aircraft. Fitted into a two-seat configuration it offers customers a choice of both Business and economy options.
Airbus A321neo LR Leading The Way
Airbus has really struck gold with the A321neo program, as the introduction of the LR and soon-to-be XLR has allowed carriers to operate long-haul flights to more secondary and direct services than ever before, increasing both connectivity and allowing more local and smaller businesses to expand into wider markets without the high costs.
This aircraft has already seen great success connecting transatlantic services, with carriers such as Jetblue operating weekly flights to Heathrow and Gatwick, with plans to expand further into Europe as more planes and the XLR enter service.
With the service customers and businesses will have almost direct access to more than 20 major key cities around Europe, including Paris, London, Manchester, Dusseldorf, Brussels, Lyon, Amsterdam and Edinburgh, which before this service was completely unavailable to directly connect with.
Interim Airport Director, Dennis Kramer said: Aer Lingus is an award-winning airline that continues to grow with new destinations across the globe,”
“We are truly excited for the opportunity to have nonstop service for travellers to connect to Ireland and the many other European destinations. Our team has worked for years to bring this route to Cleveland for our community.”