Irish carrier Aer Lingus has grown faster than any other airline between Europe and North America over the last six years.
The airline currently flies to eight North American cities on ten transatlantic routes, with a further two exciting destinations joining the network next month.
Aer Lingus will begin a daily service on September 1st from Dublin direct to Newark, New Jersey and a new four-times weekly service to Hartford, Connecticut from September 28th.
During their connection in Dublin, Aer Lingus guests from the UK can pre-clear US Customs and Immigration allowing them to pass through domestic channels upon landing for a smooth and swift arrival in the USA.
Latest figures show that flying via Dublin is fast becoming the natural and convenient choice for British travellers visiting the United States.
More passengers than ever are flying stateside via the Irish capital, with Aer Lingus’ one-stop transatlantic services from Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool airports via Dublin enjoying year-on-year growth of 18 per cent, and many other Aer Lingus UK gateways also reporting double-digit rises.
Aer Lingus figures show that Manchester is the most popular starting point for UK residents travelling on their transatlantic services, followed closely by Birmingham and London Heathrow.
The new data also highlights that holidaymakers to North America make up almost 40 per cent of guests flying from the UK, compared to over a third who cross the Atlantic with Aer Lingus to visit friends and relatives.
In addition, the latest data from trade body ACI Europe shows that Aer Lingus’ home at Dublin Airport was the fastest growing major European airport during the first six months of 2016.
The hub now represents the fifth-largest transatlantic gateway in Europe, boosted by Aer Lingus services to a wealth of destinations from coast to coast including New York, Boston, Chicago, Washington, Orlando, San Francisco, Toronto, Newark, New Jersey, Hartford, Connecticut and Los Angeles.