Aer Lingus resumes routes to Bristol and San Francisco
Aer Lingus returned to San Francisco on 2 April after an almost five year hiatus. Celebrating in Dublin at the launch were (left to right): Kevin Toland, Chief Executive, DAA; Christoph Mueller, CEO, Aer Lingus; and Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. The route will be served five times weekly with the airline’s A330-200s, and will be Aer Lingus’ fifth US destination this summer.
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Hop to it! On 3 April Aer Lingus also resumed daily service between Shannon and Bristol, a route that it last operated as recently as September 2012. In Shannon the route was celebrated by the Easter bunny, while in Bristol the returning service was welcomed by: Shaun Browne, Aviation Director, Bristol Airport (centre); Shirley Knight, Business Development Executive, Bristol Airport (left); and the Aer Lingus Regional Cabin Crew, all of whom were enjoying some specially-baked scones.
- Aer Lingus has used the start of the summer season to resume service on two city pairs that it has previously served. On 2 April the airline once more connected Dublin (DUB) with non-stop flights to San Francisco, CA (SFO), operating five times weekly with A330s. This 8,205-kilometre route was previously operated between 28 October 2007 and 23 October 2009. This brings to five the number of US destinations served non-stop from Dublin by Aer Lingus this summer, the others being Boston, Chicago O’Hare, New York JFK and Orlando. Closer to home, the airline has also resumed service on 3 April between Shannon (SNN) and Bristol (BRS). This 450-kilometre route will be operated daily by ATR 42s under the Aer Lingus Regional brand. The aircraft are provided by Aer Arann which recently announced that it will now be known as Stobart Air, after its biggest shareholder. This route was previously operated by Aer Lingus between 1 July 2010 and 30 September 2012. Prior to that, the market was served by Ryanair who operated the route from October 2005 until March 2010.