Aer Lingus has announced that it will launch its first ever transatlantic services direct from Manchester to the US and the Caribbean this year.
Aer Lingus will commence operating new services from Manchester Airport to New York JFK and Orlando from July 29, 2021.
The airline will subsequently commence operating new services from Manchester Airport to Barbados from October 20, 2020, and from Manchester Airport to Boston from the summer of 2022.
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As part of its expansion into Manchester, Aer Lingus will create up to 120 job opportunities. Recruitment will be predominantly for cabin crew roles, together with additional positions within the areas of maintenance, engineering, and ground operations.
Aer Lingus Chief Commercial Officer Statement
Aer Lingus chief commerical officer David Shepherd stated, "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.
"Aer Lingus has been flying to North America for more than 60 years and we also have a proud history with Manchester Airport.
"With so many people missing out on travel due to COVID-19 over the past year, Aer Lingus is delighted to be sharing this positive news today, announcing a great choice for customers and creating up to 120 jobs in the North of England.
"We believe our transatlantic offering is one of the best in the marketplace comprising both business and economy cabins.
"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."
Manchester Airport Managing Director Statement
Meanwhile, Manchester Airport managing director Karen Smart "These routes will be a great addition to the departure boards here at Manchester as we look forward to restarting international travel.
"Pre-pandemic there were more than 5.5 million passengers who crossed the Atlantic each year via Manchester and so to be able to offer these services with a new carrier is great news. In addition, Aer Lingus's commitment to the UK's northern gateway results in the creation of 120 much-needed jobs."
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