From the Emerald Isle to the Emerald City – Aer Lingus Launches New Direct Route to Seattle
Aer Lingus has announced a new North American route from Dublin to Seattle, Washington State, which will be Ireland’s first ever direct service to the Emerald City.
The Airbus A330, which is offering both business and economy class services, will operate four times weekly from May 18th, 2018 on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Seattle has strong business links to Ireland, boasting a vibrant technology sector, which is home to some of the largest technology companies including Microsoft and Amazon, both of which have significant operations in Ireland. Seattle is also home to Starbucks, the world’s largest coffeehouse chain.
Irish tourists will now have a direct route to some of the city’s best sites, including the Space Needle, Pike Place Market and the Museum of Pop Culture.
Since joining IAG in 2015, Aer Lingus has launched six new direct transatlantic services to Los Angeles, Newark, Hartford, Miami, Philadelphia and now Seattle, marking the largest ever transatlantic expansion in the airline’s history.
Seattle adds 50,000 additional seats to the airline’s transatlantic programme for summer 2018, with total 2018 transatlantic capacity now reaching more than 2.75 million seats.
As a result of this record transatlantic growth, 600 new jobs have been created at Aer Lingus. Last month saw the launch of a pilot recruitment drive to hire 200 pilots over the next three years and almost 3,000 applications were received for the first wave of 100 positions in October. Aer Lingus will continue this exciting growth and expansion over the next five years.
Speaking at the launch of Aer Lingus’ Dublin Seattle route, Stephen Kavanagh, CEO said: “We are delighted to announce Seattle as our latest transatlantic route for summer 2018. We believe this service will offer great value choices to our guests and further enhance Ireland’s trade and business links with the U.S.
“Since joining International Airlines Group some two years ago we have grown and strengthened our Dublin Gateway to North America and we look forward to continuing this development in the years to come.”
Fares to Seattle start from €259 each-way including taxes and charges when booked as a return trip. For more information and to book, visit aerlingus.com.