Aer Lingus forced to delay launch of nonstop routes from Manchester to the US
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Editor’s note: This story has been updated with new information.
The routes that were set to launch from Manchester (MAN) to New York (JFK) and Orlando (MCO) on 29 July have been pushed back to September. More specifically, Aer Lingus plans to launch the nonstop routes from MAN to New York and Orlando on 30 September, while it plans to launch the nonstop to Barbados on 20 October.
“Due to international borders opening later than expected, Aer Lingus (UK) Ltd. is postponing the start of new transatlantic services between Manchester Airport and New York JFK and Orlando,” Aer Lingus said in a statement. “New services to Barbados will launch as scheduled.”
In total, the Irish carrier announced in March that it planned to launch four transatlantic flights from Manchester to New York, Boston, Orlando and Barbados.
The airline still plans to launch the Manchester (MAN) to Boston (BOS) nonstop in summer 2022.
Two of the routes — to JFK and BOS — will be operated by Aer Lingus’ new Airbus A321LR. When the JFK route first launches, the airline will become the first to operate transatlantic flights from the U.S. to the U.K. with the narrow-body A321LR on regularly scheduled services.
On the leisure routes — to MCO and BGI — Aer Lingus will utilise one of its wide-body Airbus A330 aircraft.
“We are delighted to offer high-quality, direct, nonstop, business and leisure travel options, at very reasonable prices for travellers and holidaymakers across the North of England,” Aer Lingus Chief Commercial Officer David Shepherd said in a statement in March. “Aer Lingus has been flying to North America for more than 60 years and we also have a proud history with Manchester Airport.
Residents in the North of England, in particular those in the North West, will now have the option to book using Avios for nonstop transatlantic travel from Manchester to Boston (BOS), New York (JFK), Orlando (MCO) and Barbados (BGI) instead of travelling to London.
Award redemption rates will be offered at the following levels:
- Manchester – New York: 20,000 Avios in summer 2021 (13,000 in autumn/winter 2021)
- Manchester – Orlando: 25,000 Avios in summer 2021 (16,250 in autumn/winter 2021)
- Manchester – Barbados: 16,2500 Avios in autumn/winter 2021 when the route launches.
Award rates to Boston are still not known, but should be around the 20,000-Avios mark.
Aer Lingus said that with the establishment of the four routes from Manchester to the U.S. and the Caribbean, it will have created 120 job opportunities in the North of England — mostly in cabin crew roles.
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