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Aer Lingus on the up again

[ July 4, 2013   //   ]

Aer Lingus is expanding its transatlantic routes again next year offering. From 2014, the airline will now operate five flights per week from Dublin to San Francisco and a new Dublin to Toronto route will offer a daily service in the summer and up to four flights per week in the winter. Flights from Shannon to Boston and New York will almost double in frequency and will return to an all-year-round service.

Director of cargo, Peter O’Neill, said: “With the addition of San Francisco to our route network, we can offer our shipper and freight forwarder customers direct access between Ireland and the US west coast, with road feeder connections to major cities from San Diego to Seattle via San Francisco. Alongside our existing operations to Boston, New York, Chicago and Orlando, we have the capacity in place for year round, reliable air freight service between Ireland and the US”.

CEO of the Irish Exporters Association, John Whelan, added “’The value of the new direct air service to the west coast cannot not be overstated, either in terms of its ability to drive more investment into Ireland from Silicon Valley, and the life sciences cluster on the west coast or in the terms of supporting the direct exports of high value goods direct to the end consumers in that part of the US. The critical nature of the airfreight connections to the US can be gauged by the fact that  51% of all medical devices produced in Ireland and 30% of all pharmaceutical output is exported to the US, and virtually all these by airfreight.”

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