On 23 October, Aer Lingus commenced services between Dublin and Liverpool. The 227-kilometre sector will operate with a 15 times weekly schedule according to OAG Schedules Analyser and be flown by the carrier’s A320s. Andrew Cornish, Liverpool Airport CEO, is seen with the cake and cutting the ribbon along with the crew of Aer Lingus flight EI 2197 ahead of the return departure to Dublin.
- Aer Lingus commenced two new routes from Dublin (DUB) on 23 and 25 of October respectively, with the first destination to be launched being Liverpool (LPL), while services to Berlin Tegel (TXL) launch on the latter date, replacing current services to Berlin Schönefeld. Both will be served by the carrier’s A320s. Andrew Cornish, CEO of Liverpool Airport, who was on hand to celebrate the airline’s first departure from Liverpool, commented, “Aer Lingus have an excellent short-haul and long-haul airline product with very competitive air fares. Passengers from across the Liverpool City Region now have the opportunity to fly to Dublin and on to the US with all the convenience of departing from their local airport, safe in the knowledge that on arrival in the US, they will be able to avoid the often lengthy immigration queues that can add an hour or more to the total journey time.” Keith Butler, CCO, Aer Lingus also added by saying: “We are delighted to begin flights from Liverpool to Dublin. We believe that we can offer the region both great value flights to Dublin and also access to the fastest growing transatlantic gateway in Europe.” Services to Liverpool will operate 15 times weekly, while service to Tegel will operate 12 times weekly according to OAG Schedules Analyser data. This is not in fact the first time that Aer Lingus has operated to Liverpool. The Irish carrier connected the two cities between 27 October 2004 and 25 June 2006. In terms of competition Ryanair connects Dublin and Berlin Schönefeld with nine weekly flights, while the Irish ULCC also flies 23 times weekly between Dublin and Liverpool. Vote for Liverpool Airport’s fire truck water arch.