A new Aer Lingus year-round transatlantic service to Hartford, Connecticut, was launched as the inaugural flight took off from Dublin Airport.
This is the third new Aer Lingus transatlantic routes to begin this year, marking the single largest expansion of the carrier’s US network since it commenced transatlantic flying in 1958.
A direct new service to Los Angeles, California began in May, while a new daily service from Dublin to Newark, New Jersey, commenced on September 1.
Welcoming the new Hartford service, Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said it added another North American destination to the airline’s extensive Dublin Airport route network.
“Hartford is the sixth new transatlantic route that Aer Lingus has launched at Dublin over the past five years and we look forward to continuing to work closely with them to promote this new service.”
Aer Lingus Chief Executive, Stephen Kavanagh also expressed his delight at the new direct service “between our Dublin gateway and Bradley International Airport, Hartford and to offer convenient connecting service from major cities across Britain and Europe.
“Whether travelling for business or pleasure we aim to deliver the quality service and competitive prices that have earned us our Skytrax 4-star airline status.
“ I’d like to take the opportunity to thank all the state representatives, business and community leaders who have supported Aer Lingus to date and we look forward to making this route a success for all involved.”
Today’s launch brings to 15 the number of new transatlantic services from Dublin in the past five years. Of those, Aer Lingus has launched six, with new routes to SF, LAX, Newark, DC, Toronto and Hartford
Dublin handled a record 2.4 million transatlantic passengers last year and numbers are up again this year. More than 1million people transferred or transited through Dublin last year.
Above: Aer Lingus Director of Communications Declan Kearney, Passengers from the flight and daa Chief Communications Officer Paul O’Kane.