The first flight of Aer Lingus's new Manchester to Barbados service took off on Wednesday October 20.
In a statement published on its website, Aer Lingus said, "Aer Lingus' first transatlantic service from the UK took to the skies this morning with the departure of the airline’s first ever non-stop direct flight from Manchester to Barbados.
"The brand new EI 31 service departed from Manchester Airport marking a major new milestone in the Irish flag-carrier's services from the UK.
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"The new flights boost business options and choice for consumers by offering a new northern hub to destinations across the Atlantic.
"And from December 1 Aer Lingus will begin operating its first ever non-stop direct flights from Manchester to New York's JFK airport, just in time for the peak winter travel season.
"Holidaymakers have even more reason to cheer when Aer Lingus starts its third new route from Manchester to sunny Florida and the theme-park capital of the world and home of Disneyland and Universal Studios Florida with flights to Orlando on December 11.
"To start the celebrations in true Barbadian style, customers checking in for their flights with the Irish flag carrier were treated to a live performance from local Barbadian steel band, Band One.
"Thanks to the new service, travellers in the North can now enjoy two weekly flights to Barbados from Manchester with Aer Lingus every Wednesday and Saturday until the end of April, as well as an additional weekly flight each Friday from 30 October.
"Aer Lingus offers highly competitive fares in both Business Class and Economy Class on its transatlantic services operating from Manchester, with fares starting from £199 each-way, as part of a return journey.
"Customers can also book the flights as part of a holiday package, thanks to the airline's new partnership with British Airways Holidays.
"Lynne Embleton, Aer Lingus CEO, said, 'Everyone at Aer Lingus felt great pride to see our first direct, non-stop flight from Manchester to Barbados take to the skies this morning.
"'We know there is strong demand for direct transatlantic services from the North of England for flights to Barbados and we're looking forward to seeing travellers and holidaymakers enjoying the welcoming Aer Lingus experience that we're known for.
"'Aer Lingus has a proud history with Manchester Airport, and today marks the next stage of our exciting journey with them: our new Barbados route, followed by the start of services to New York and Orlando later this year.'
"Karen Smart, Manchester Airport Managing Director, said, 'It's incredibly pleasing to see Aer Lingus' inaugural flight to Barbados take off from Manchester Airport this morning.
"'Not only is it great to see the airline put this route on at Manchester, giving passengers additional choice and flexibility for this popular destination, but it is also a huge boost for the region with Aer Lingus choosing us as its first UK base for transatlantic flights.
"'The routes across the Atlantic to Barbados and the USA will no doubt be hugely popular with the 22 million people that live in our catchment area, especially with the US opening up to British travellers next month. Furthermore, the routes and base here at Manchester will be welcomed by the hundreds of people who will have access to the jobs created here.
"'I look forward to working closely with Aer Lingus as they grow from Manchester Airport.'
"Senator, the Honorary Lisa Cummins, Barbados Minister of Tourism and International Transport, said, "'Today, Barbados is celebrating the arrival of Aer Lingus' first Caribbean flight from Manchester to Bridgetown. Manchester Airport is one of the busiest airports in the UK and is easily accessible from across Northern England and Scotland, by road, air and rail. Later this evening, we will be at the GAIA to receive the flight as she arrives with the first visitors!'"
Aer Lingus continued, "Aer Lingus is operating the Airbus A330-300 aircraft on its Barbados services and customers have free access to a world of entertainment, thanks to its inflight entertainment service, featuring the latest blockbuster movies, box sets, games and much more.
"Aer Lingus' Book with Confidence policy gives customers added flexibility and enables them to change their travel dates free of charge, and as many times as they wish, up to two hours before their flight departs*.
"Barbados packages with British Airways Holidays are subject to availability with prices starting from £699pp.
"Barbados: British Airways Holidays offers seven nights at the 3* All Seasons Resort from £699pp, travelling on selected dates between 1 November - 30 November 2021 inclusive. Includes economy (World Traveller) return flights from Manchester Airport, 23kg luggage allowance and accommodation. For reservations visit www.ba.com/aerlingus
"British Airways Holidays offers seven nights at the 4* Bougainvillea Barbados from £1199pp, travelling on selected dates between 1 November - 30 November 2021 inclusive. Includes economy (World Traveller) return flights from Manchester Airport, 23kg luggage allowance and accommodation on All Inclusive board basis. For reservations visit www.ba.com/aerlingus
"British Airways Holidays offers seven nights at the 4* The Sands Barbados from £1649pp, travelling on selected dates between 1 November - 30 November 2021 inclusive. Includes economy (World Traveller) return flights from Manchester Airport, 23kg luggage allowance and accommodation on All Inclusive board basis. For reservations visit www.ba.com/aerlingus
"For lowest fares and more information please visit www.aerlingus.com."
Aer Lingus Book With Confidence Policy
Aer Lingus added, "Aer Lingus' Book with Confidence policy allows all customers travelling with the airline to change their travel dates free of charge*, and as many times as they wish, up to two hours before they travel until. The flexible booking policy is available on all bookings up until 31st December 2021.
"Most fares** also include the option to exchange for a guaranteed voucher up to 14 days before travel. In addition, those who booked Advantage, Flex, Business or Business Flex fares have the option of a cash refund if they decide not to travel.
"*Please note a fare difference may apply.
"** Fare types includes: Plus, Smart, Advantage, Flex, Business or Business Flex fare."
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