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Irish airline, Aer Lingus, has celebrated the launch of its first direct flight from Manchester to New York JFK Airport as the airline expands its direct transatlantic services from the UK.
Aer Lingus will launch a second direct route to the USA from Manchester, with its inaugural Orlando flight taking off for Florida on 11th December.
The two new routes form part of an ambitious plan for the airline to expand its schedule in 2022, with the airline having launched its first direct transatlantic link from a UK airport earlier this year.
Reid Moody, Aer Lingus Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, said:
“Today marks a very important day for Aer Lingus, as we launch our first flights from the UK to the United States as we recover and expand our transatlantic network.
“It also marks another momentous moment for our new services from Manchester direct to the US, with flights to Orlando set to depart on their inaugural service on 11th December.
“Our New York and Orlando routes follow the launch of our new direct flights to Barbados on 20th October, which will run until April 2022, before returning the following winter.”
Karen Smart, Manchester Airport Managing Director said:
“It’s incredibly pleasing to see Aer Lingus launch its New York service, which will give passengers more choice when looking to travel to what is one of our most popular destinations.
“The fact Aer Lingus has chosen Manchester Airport as its first UK base for transatlantic flights is a great boost for the region, creating hundreds of jobs in the process.
“Aer Lingus’ transatlantic routes will no doubt be hugely popular with the 22 million people that live in our catchment area, especially now the US has opened up to British travellers.
“I look forward to working closely with Aer Lingus as they grow from Manchester Airport.”