Among those to speak at the press conference marking Aer Lingus’ inaugural flight between Dublin and Seattle-Tacoma was Robert O’Driscoll, Consul General of Ireland to Western US. The Irish carrier will offer four weekly flights to its latest North American airport, with Seattle taking its destination tally on the continent to 13.
- Aer Lingus made Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) its 13th North American (12th US) destination on 18 May, the day on which it began a four times weekly service from Dublin (DUB). “Seattle as a destination holds great promise for Aer Lingus given the strong business ties between the two regions, making this an important route for business travel as well as leisure trips as exemplified by the high demand for business class tickets on the route to date,” commented Mike Rutter, COO of Aer Lingus. “Our interline agreement with Alaska Airlines means we can offer seamless onwards connections for our guests to 40 additional locations serviced by the airline.” The 7,281-kilometre sector is not served by any other airline. North America has certainly been a focus market for Aer Lingus over the past few years, with Seattle being its second new destination on the continent this year, having launched flights to Philadelphia in March. Between January and November 2017, the Irish flag carrier flew just under 1.78 million passengers between Ireland and the US, representing an increase of 20% versus the 1.48 million who used the carrier to fly between the two countries during the first 11 months of 2016. Along with its routes from Dublin, the airline also provides services from Shannon to Boston and New York JFK, meaning in total the carrier is currently operating 15 transatlantic services this summer. See how Seattle-Tacoma Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.