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Aer Lingus ready to fly Manchester-US

[ March 9, 2021   //   ]

The US Transportation Department (DOT) has granted tentative approval for Irish carrier Aer Lingus to begin marketing planned services between the Manchester and the US, reports the Routes Online website. The airline applied to the DOT in December to operate transatlantic service from Manchester to Boston, New York JFK and Orlando with two Airbus A330-300s and two A321LRs.

A new Aer Lingus (UK) subsidiary has been set up to fly the routes. The carrier’s main purpose will be to fill the gap in the market left by the demise of Thomas Cook Airlines in September 2019 and provide competition for Virgin Atlantic, which is the dominant player on US routes from Manchester.

Final approval is being deferred until the UK Civil Aviation Authority issues Aer Lingus (UK) with an air operator’s certificate.