Aer Lingus Cleared To Operate Flights Between Manchester And The US; Passenger Traffic Through ROI Decreased 93.5% During First Half Of 2021; Norwegian Air To Increase Flights From Ireland To Destinations Across Scandinavia
Aer Lingus has been cleared to operate flights between Manchester Airport and the US. As reported by The Irish Times, the UK Civil Aviation Authority has confirmed that it has granted an operating...
Aer Lingus has been cleared to operate flights between Manchester Airport and the US.
As reported by The Irish Times, the UK Civil Aviation Authority has confirmed that it has granted an operating licence to Aer Lingus's British subsidiary, Aer Lingus (UK) Ltd.
The Irish Times quotes the UK Civil Aviation Authority as saying, "This allows the company to undertake transatlantic scheduled passenger services between the UK and the US."
Aer Lingus will commence services from Manchester Airport New York JFK and Orlando in Florida on September 30, and it is also planning to operate services from Manchester to Barbados from this October 30.
Aer Lingus announced earlier this year that it would commence operating services from Manchester Airport to New York JFK and Orlando from July 29, 2021, however, it subsequently postponed the services' launch due to COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions.
Passenger Traffic Through ROI Decreased 93.5% During First Half Of 2021
The above news coincides with news that industry body Airports Council International (ACI) has said that passenger traffic through the Republic of Ireland decreased by 93.5% during the first six months of 2021 compared to the same period in 2019, which was the sharpest fall among in European countries.
ACI director general Olivier Jankovec reportedly said that the region’s airports fared worse during the first half of 2021 than they did during the first half half of 2020 of last year.
Numbers reportedly also fell more than 90% in the UK, Finland and Hungary due to COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions, according to ACI, and those falls reportedly dragged Europe’s overall numbers down by 77% compared to the same period in 2019 and by 36% compared to the same period in 2020.
The numbers that travelled through airports in the rest of Europe were reportedly down 43% compared to the first half of 2019, but were reportedly up 36% compared to the first half of 2020, according to ACI Europe.
Norwegian Air To Increase Flights From Ireland To Destinations Across Scandinavia
The above news also coincides with news that Norwegian Air will continue to increase flights from Ireland to destinations across Scandinavia.
In a statement published on media.uk.norwegian.com, Norwegian Air said, "Norwegian will continue to increase flights between the UK and Ireland to destinations across Scandinavia as the airline releases the summer 2022 flying programme. All flights are now available to book offering a wide range of destinations from London, Edinburgh, Manchester and Dublin.
"In total, across the European network, Norwegian will offer 259 from routes from the Nordics as a result of travel restrictions and quarantine requirements easing and consequently demand for flights increasing."
In a statement also published on media.uk.norwegian.com, Norwegian CEO Geir Karlsen said, "We are pleased to be able to present our flying shcedule for the next summer season. With this summer schedule we will continue to deliver on our strategy of investing in Norway and the Nordic region. In recent months, we have noticed an increased demand from customers, and we look forward to welcoming them on board to their favourite Nordic destinations."
Norwegian Air continued, "In 2020 and 2021, the aviation industry was hit hard by travel restrictions and quarantine requirements as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Norwegian expects that the ever-increasing vaccination rate will mean that the risk of new travel restrictions will be significantly lower in 2022."
Karlsen added, "Norwegian is now well equipped to look ahead to 2022, although we will continue to some extent to be affected by the pandemic as the industry begins to recover. We have considerable flexibility in the use of our aircraft, and after the restructuring we have lower debt, an adapted fleet and organisation, and we have received new capital. It has been a tough time, but the result is that we are stronger now than before the pandemic."
Norwegian added, "The flying schedule for the summer 2022 season is now for sale on www.norwegian.com.
London Gatwick will serve Oslo, Stavanger, Trondheim, Bergen, Helsinki, Stockholm and Copenhagen with a total of 115 weekly flights.
Manchester will serve Oslo, Stavanger, Bergen and Stockholm with a total of eight weekly flights.
Edinburgh will serve Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen with a total of 15 weekly flights.
Dublin will serve Oslo and Copenhagen with a total of four weekly flights."
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