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Resumption Of A Number Of Aer Lingus Services Announced For Dublin And Knock Airports; New Vueling Service Announced For Belfast International Airport

Published on Oct 4 2021 2:00 PM in General Industry tagged: Trending Posts / Aer Lingus / Belfast International Airport / Dublin Airport / Vueling / Ireland West Airport Knock

Resumption Of A Number Of Aer Lingus Services Announced For Dublin And Knock Airports; New Vueling Service Announced For Belfast International Airport

The resumption of a number of Aer Lingus services has been announced for Dublin Airport and Ireland West Airport Knock, and a new Vueling service has been announced for Belfast International Airport.

Aer Lingus Statement

In a statement published o its website, Aer Lingus said, "Aer Lingus is pleased to announce a bumper re-start to a number of Transatlantic and European routes from Ireland this winter. Irish customers ready to travel US bound once the travel ban is lifted in November, can once again fly direct from Dublin to Newark and Orlando from November. Direct flights from Dublin will also resume to Geneva and Prague from 15th October, Frankfurt and Zurich from 08th November and Knock to London Gatwick will resume for the festive season on 18th December.

"Dublin to Newark will operate 4 times per week, increasing to daily from 1st December, with fares starting from €149 each way. Dublin to Orlando will operate 3 times per week from 27th November, with fares starting from €169 each way.

"Dublin to Geneva route will operate 3 days per week in October, increasing to 4 per week in December and then to 9 flights per week from Christmas. Fares start from €55.99 each way, including taxes and charges. Dublin to Prague will operate 3 days per week, with fares starting from €49.99 each way. From 08th November, Dublin to Frankfurt will operate 10 flights per week, with fares from €29.99 and Dublin Zurich will operate 6 flights per week, fares start from €55.99 each way.

"Over the Christmas period, from 18th December Knock to London Gatwick will operate daily. Fares start from €32.99 each way, including taxes and charges.

"In time for the winter holiday season, Irish customers can enjoy the Christmas lights and shopping in New York, or some late winter sun with the family in Orlando, the Christmas markets of Prague, Frankfurt and Zurich, and fly to Geneva connecting Irish skiers on to some of the best slopes Europe has to offer.

"Susanne Carberry, Chief Customer Officer at Aer Lingus, said, 'We are delighted to announce a significant restart to a number of our favourite routes in North America and Europe, and reconnecting friends, families and businesses once again. We are also excited to be able to connect Irish customers with European cities of Prague, Geneva, Zurich, Frankfurt, destinations which are particularly popular in Winter for their Christmas markets, and the upcoming Ski season, and our customers from Knock into London Gatwick for Christmas.

"'Safety remains our priority at Aer Lingus and we continue to implement measures such as mask requirements and additional cleaning, as has been in practice across the airline for the past year. We are also committed to making the flight experience as comfortable as possible and customers can enjoy our in-flight food, drink and entertainment services on board.'

"Before travelling, Aer Lingus customers are advised to use the airline’s new online travel support tool to search by destination and retrieve up-to-date tailored travel information based on their specific circumstances including vaccination status, return travel and flight connection requirements. Should plans change, customers can also avail of the 'Book with Confidence' flexible booking proposition until 31 December 2021.

"For more information and for bookings, visit aerlingus.com."

Ireland West Airport Knock Statement

In a statement published on its website, Ireland West Airport Knock said, "Ireland West Airport has today...welcomed the news that Aer Lingus will resume operations on their hugely popular London Gatwick service on December 18th 2021 in time for the busy Christmas period. The service will return on a phased basis initially ahead of a planned full resumption of services in March 2022.

"This comes as welcome news for the West and North West of Ireland following a suspension of the service for over 18 months as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Gatwick service has been an ever present service at the airport since its commencement in 2009 and is a hugely important one from both a business, diaspora and tourism perspective, providing critically important connectivity not just with the London market but as a gateway from the West of Ireland to Europe, with London Gatwick offering a wide range of international connections.

"Welcoming the news of Aer Lingus's return to the airport, Joe Gilmore, Managing Director, Ireland West Airport said, 'We are delighted to welcome the news of the resumption of the London Gatwick service in December. The last 18 months have been an extremely difficult period for the airport and the whole aviation sector and today's announcement by Aer Lingus is a major vote of confidence, not just in the airport, but in the North West and West regions. I’d like to express our sincere thanks to the team at Aer Lingus, whom we have worked closely with throughout the last 18 months, for their ongoing support and commitment to the airport as we look to rebuild our route network. I know this announcement will be welcome news to the loyal customer base that Aer Lingus has built up over the last 12 years, particularly in advance of the busy Christmas period and it will be great to welcome the famous Aer Lingus livery back to the West.'

Belfast International Airport Statement

In a statement published on its website, Belfast International Airport said, "Spanish Airline Vueling, an IAG member airline, has announced a new route from Paris-Orly to Belfast Iinternational aAirport starting on 2nd November 2021. The flight will operate twice a week, Tuesdays and Saturdays, on an A321 aircraft and will depart Paris Orly at 17:45 and arrive in Belfast at 18:35.

"This positive achievement for Belfast international airport marks a series of firsts:

  • "This will be the first time that Paris-Orly has been served from Northern Ireland and will be a welcome boost for local travlelers visiting the French capital and surrounding area.
  • "Vueling are the first IAG airline to operate regular service to Belfast International Airport since 2001, showing the airport’s capacity to attract new airlines, building on VINCI Airports' best practices and network of partner airlines.
  • "For the first time Northern Ireland is now connected to both the two major Paris airports, showing the commitment of Belfast International Airport and VINCI Airports teams to develop connectivity and bring maximum travel options to their passengers. This route offers passengers a new gateway to the “city of lights” and to Vueling's sunny network.

"Passengers can travel with complete peace of mind, thanks in particular to the VINCI Airports global campaign 'Protecting Each Other' for providing enhanced hygiene measures throughout the terminal. For the convenience of passengers Belfast International Airport also has COVID-19 testing facility available on site."

Previously Announced New Air Services

The above new follows last week's news that new air services have been announced for Belfast City, Cork and Dublin airports.

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