Published on : Friday, March 26, 2021
Aer Lingus has decided to launch its first ever transatlantic services direct from Manchester to the United States and the Caribbean. The flag-carrier said the move would create up to 120 new jobs. The airline will commence four new routes from Manchester Airport flying to New York JFK and Orlando from July 29, to Barbados from October 20 and to Boston from summer 2022.
Two of the four new routes, New York JFK and Boston, will be operated by the new single-aisle Airbus A321LR, making Aer Lingus the first airline to operate the aircraft on regular scheduled services between the UK and the US. Services to holiday hotspots such as Orlando and Barbados will be operated by a larger Airbus A330-300 aircraft. As part of its significant expansion into Manchester, Aer Lingus will create up to 120 job opportunities in the north of England.
Recruitment will be predominantly for cabin crew roles, together with additional positions within maintenance and engineering, and ground operations. The New York JFK and Boston services will serve 58 onward destinations, with a schedule designed to maximise onward connectivity to exciting destinations such as Las Vegas, Nashville, and Jamaica, and for the first time from Manchester to San Jose, Bermuda and Dallas.
David Shepherd, Chief Commercial Officer, Aer Lingus said in a statement that the airline is delighted to offer high-quality, direct, non-stop, business and leisure travel options, at very reasonable prices for travellers and holidaymakers across the North of England. He mentioned that Aer Lingus has been flying to North America for more than 60 years and also have a proud history with Manchester Airport.
He shared that with so many people missing out on travel due to COVID-19 over the past year, Aer Lingus is delighted to be sharing this positive news an announcing a great choice for customers and creating up to 120 jobs in the north of England. Karen Smart, Managing Director, Manchester Airport added that the routes will be a great addition to the departure boards at Manchester international travel is about to begin. It was informed that there were more than 5.5 million passengers who crossed the Atlantic each year via Manchester before the pandemic and offering such services with a new carrier is great news.