Aer Lingus has announced plans to expand round trip transatlantic service from Ireland to the US next year, including the addition of daily Boston flights to Shannon beginning on March 9, 2014. The airline announced the 2014 commencement of direct service from San Francisco and Toronto to Dublin, and an increase in frequency to Shannon from Boston and New York.
The expansion is “a testament to the Irish airline’s efforts in building a successful and competitive transatlantic business,” the carrier said in a statement. “Aer Lingus is profitable, financially strong and is indeed in ‘growth mode’ No longer just a point-to-point carrier, the airline combines their North American-based partnerships with its extensive European network, providing access from over 70 North American cities to over 35 destinations across Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Continental Europe.
“This revised network strategy, “Aer Lingus said, “has brought major increases in connecting passengers, particularly at Dublin Airport. On the transatlantic front, 2014 will see a 24 percent increase on Aer Lingus’s 2013 capacity (2013 had already brought a 13 percent increase versus 2012) with its long haul summer schedule peaking at 10 daily transatlantic services connecting North America with Ireland and Europe.
Aer Lingus will also expand Boston/Dublin service next year to two flights daily, E134 and E136, seven days a week, effective March 9. Beginning on March 30, flight E138 which operates 4 days per week from Boston to Dublin will operate 7 days per week.Currently the Boston/Shannon schedule is Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun through Jan. 5, 2014, with a brief no-service hiatus Jan 6-19; the four weekly Shannon flights resume Jan. 20 through March 8, and daily service begins the next day.