Aer Lingus has announced a number of service resumptions for Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports.
Dublin And Cork European Services
In a statement published on MediaCentre.AerLingus.com, Aer Lingus has announced that the following routes will restart from the end of March at Dublin and Cork airports:
|Origin Airport||Destination||Restart Date|
|Dublin||Santiago–Rosalía de Castro||29-Mar|
The statement included one from the director of global sales at Aer Lingus, Bill Byrne, in which he said, “We are delighted to announce the restart of several popular European holiday routes from both Dublin and Cork airports at the end of March. There is no doubt that travel is back on the agenda in 2022, and restarting these routes is another important step for the airline. We are looking forward to welcoming the many families, friends and solo travellers back on board who are excited for a long-awaited sun holiday.”
Shannon Transatlantic Services
Meanwhile, Aer Lingus’s transatlantic services from Shannon Airport have restarted.
In a separate statement published on MediaCentre.AerLingus.com, Aer Lingus announced that it resumed daily services from Shannon to Boston on Thursday 10 March, and that it will resume services from Shannon to New York today (Friday 11 March).
The airline added that, this summer, it will fly its largest transatlantic seat capacity from Shannon in 17 years, and that it will operate 14 direct services between Ireland and North America this year, including services to New York, Miami, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orlando, Washington, Seattle and Philadelphia.
The statement published on MediaCentre.AerLingus.com included one from the chief corporate affairs officer at Aer Lingus, Donal Moriarty, in which he said, “We are delighted to resume our transatlantic routes from Shannon to Boston and New York, restoring regional connectivity to the midwest of Ireland and allowing Aer Lingus to unite friends, families and businesses once more.
“This summer, we will be operating our largest transatlantic seat capacity from Shannon in 17 years. Aer Lingus customers will avail of a more innovative and sustainable travel experience as they travel across the Atlantic in our two A321LR neo, which will operate from Shannon Airport, and our unique, warm Aer Lingus welcome.
“As always, customers flying to North America with Aer Lingus will enjoy complimentary meals and drinks, endless hours of in-flight entertainment, wi-fi on board, and US customs and border pre-clearance at Shannon Airport.”
The statement published on MediaCentre.AerLingus.com also included one from Shannon Airport operator Shannon Group CEO Mary Considine, in which she said, “The links between the US and the west of Ireland are a huge part of Shannon’s story. We are delighted to be here today, to mark another milestone in the airport’s recovery with the re-establishment of crucial US air links that were suspended as a result of the pandemic.
“It is a fantastic day for our passengers, our staff, the broader airport community, and the US Customs and Border Protection team here at Shannon Airport. The restoration of these daily vital US services will be a welcome boost for the west-of-Ireland economy, and will see friends, family and business communities reconnected.”
Ryanair Cancels 19 Lisbon Routes For Summer 2022
In other Irish airline news, Ryanair has announced, in a statement published on Corporate.RyanAir.com, that it has cut the number of aircraft that it has based in Lisbon from seven to four for the summer of 2022, resulting in the cancellation of 5,000 flights and 19 Lisbon routes for the coming summer, due to a blocking of landing slots by TAP.
The statement published on Corporate.RyanAir.com included one from Ryanair Group CEO Michael O’Leary, in which he said, “We deeply regret all these unnecessary disruptions to passengers on these cancelled flights and the loss of 19 routes caused solely by TAP’s blocking of unused Lisbon Portela slots in summer 2022. This anti-competitive slot-blocking obstructs growth and delays the recovery of traffic, tourism and jobs at Lisbon Portela, to the detriment of the Lisbon economy.
“Our last efforts to request help from Prime Minister Costa have fallen on deaf ears, with zero reply. Sadly, Ryanair is now forced to reduce its fleet of aircraft from seven to four in Lisbon in summer 2022 – a loss of 150 highly paid aviation job losses, over 900,000 fewer passengers, and over €250 million in lost tourism revenues for the city of Lisbon this summer.
“The loss of these 19 Lisbon routes and 5,000 flights this summer means that Lisbon’s post-Covid recovery will now lag behind other major EU capital cities. Ryanair remains committed to returning these three aircraft and 19 routes to Lisbon in October, for its winter schedule, when we will resume driving traffic, tourism and jobs recovery in Lisbon.
“All passengers affected by these S22 cancellations will receive e-mail notifications later this week, offering them full refunds or alternative flights to/from Lisbon for S22.”
The statement published on Corporate.RyanAir.com added that the 19 cancelled Lisbon routes for the summer of this year are services between Lisbon and Agadir, Alghero, Alicante, Bari, Billund, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Baden-Baden, Lanzarote, Madrid, Malta, Memmingen, Oujda, Palermo, Perpignan, Poitiers, Tenerife, Wroclaw and Zaragoza.
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