Aer Lingus is to launch its first ever transatlantic services direct from Manchester to the US and the Caribbean.
The IAG-owned Irish carrier will start four new routes from Manchester Airport flying to New York JFK and Orlando from 29 July, to Barbados from 20 October and to Boston from summer 2022.
Two of the four new routes, New York JFK and Boston, will be operated by the new single-aisle Airbus A321LR, making Aer Lingus the first airline to operate the aircraft on regular scheduled services between the UK and the US.
The Orlando and Barbados services will be operated by larger Airbus A330-300 aircraft.
As part of its significant expansion into Manchester, Aer Lingus said it will create up to 120 job opportunities in the North of England. Recruitment will be predominantly for cabin crew roles, together with additional positions within maintenance and engineering, and ground operations.
The New York JFK and Boston services will connect to 58 onward destinations, with a schedule designed to maximise onward connectivity to destinations such as Las Vegas, Nashville, and Jamaica, and for the first time from Manchester to San Jose, Bermuda and Dallas.
David Shepherd, Aer Lingus Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We are delighted to offer high-quality, direct, non-stop, business and leisure travel options, at very reasonable prices for travellers across the North of England.”
“Aer Lingus has been flying to North America for more than 60 years and we also have a proud history with Manchester Airport. With so many people missing out on travel due to Covid-19 over the past year, Aer Lingus is delighted to be sharing this positive news today.”
Aer Lingus currently flies to Manchester from Dublin and Belfast, with flights to Cork set