LONDON – Today, Aer Lingus has announced the restart of its Dublin-Hartford route, which is due to take place in the Summer 2023 schedule.
This will be transatlantic destination #16 from Ireland and the 19th from the UK (Based on the connectivity options it has on offer currently).
The daily service will begin on March 26, 2023, and will be the only direct service to Europe from the American airport.
Lynne Embleton, Aer Lingus Chief Executive, said: “We are opening up key cities and regions in the United States to Irish, UK, and European customers by adding new transatlantic routes to the Aer Lingus schedule.
“Daily flights to Hartford will bring travelers into the center of Connecticut, home to global businesses, Yale University, and renowned tourist attractions.
‘’Aer Lingus is forging ahead with its North American expansion plans, growing the number of transatlantic routes from its Dublin hub.
“The restart of the daily flight into Bradley International Airport is the only direct service to Europe, reflecting Aer Lingus’ ability to connect the UK and European customers with North America.”
The Dublin-Hartford service will be operated by an Airbus A321neo, which is Aer Lingus’ most sustainable long-haul aircraft.
The Airbus A321neo, which comprises both Business and Economy class cabins, delivers up to 20% reduction in fuel burn and CO2 emissions and close to 50% reduction in noise footprint when compared to previous generation aircraft.
Kevin A. Dillon, A.A.E., Connecticut Airport Authority Executive Director, said: “The resumption of the Aer Lingus route has been a major priority in our recovery strategy.
“We look forward to rebuilding the service, continuing the strong momentum it had prior to the onset of the pandemic, and bringing back easy and quick transatlantic access with an award-winning airline.”
Strong News for Aer Lingus…
This is strong news for Aer Lingus, especially off the back of the carrier announcing plans to operate to Cleveland last month, which will join Hartford on the Summer season.
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 by 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.