Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Aer Lingus to launch first-ever non-stops between Miami and Dublin

Ireland’s national airline Aer Lingus will launch first-ever service between Dublin, Ireland (DUB) and Miami International Airport (MIA) beginning next fall and will connect the two cities with three flights weekly.

“Miami-Dade County looks forward to welcoming Aer Lingus and its passengers to our community,” Carlos A. Gimenez, Miami-Dade County’s mayor, said. “Our residents will soon have nonstop service to the beautiful, historic city of Dublin, as well as to all the connecting flights that city’s strategic location provides.”

Aer Lingus A330-200
Aer Lingus will operate the new route using an Airbus A330-200 on Sept. 1, 2017. Aer Lingus is the flag carrier of Ireland and the country’s second-largest airline behind budget carrier Ryanair,

The A330-200 will carry 266 passengers including 23 in First Class seats with lie-flat beds. First Class seats are 21 inches wide with 58 inches of pitch, according to SeatGuru.com. The 243 economy seats are 17 inches wide and offer 31 inches of pitch.

In addition to becoming the 24th European route to and from MIA, passengers returning from Dublin will have their passports processed and receive U.S. Customs and Border Protection clearance before they leave Ireland, arriving in Miami as domestic fliers. Dublin will be the first European airport served by MIA to offer pre-clearance for returning U.S. passengers.

The announcement of the new route marks MIA’s fourth international route launch announcement for 2017. Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris will launch service on Feb. 1 with four weekly flights to Guadalajara’s Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport (GDL) and daily flights to Mexico City (MEX).

In April, low-cost transatlantic airline WOW air will launch thrice-weekly service to Reykjavík, Iceland (KEF), and Italian airline Meridiana will begin two weekly flights to Milan.

Officials called the new service “another key international route” and noted that it brings the number of airlines serving MIA to 107, a new record.

“We are extremely pleased to add a Four-Star carrier of Aer Lingus's caliber to our growing roster of airlines,” Emilio González, Miami-Dade Aviation Director, added. “We look forward to developing our new connection with Ireland and to strengthening our ties all across Europe."

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