Ireland’s Aer Lingus is commencing long-haul services from Manchester in 2021. The three initial destinations will be New York, Orlando and Barbados, promising new options for those in the north of England.
Daily services from Manchester to New York JFK will start on 29 July, with a five times weekly service to Orlando opening at the same time. Barbados flights will be thrice weekly from 29 October.
Aer Lingus Manchester Schedules
Manchester to New York will be EI45 leaving at 12:05, arriving in New York at 15:25. The return, EI44, leaves at 17:25 and arrives at 05:50 the next day. The aircraft used is the new Airbus A321neo, which should result in a very comfortable journey.
The flight to Orlando is designated EI35 and departs Manchester at 11:00, arriving at 15:45. The return, EI34, leaves at 19:00 and gets back to the UK at 08:35 the next day. A widebody Airbus A330-300 is scheduled to operate these flights. These operate Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
For the Caribbean flights to Bridgetown, Barbados, it is EI31, leaving Manchester at 11:00 and arriving at 16:35. The return, EI30, leaves at 19:40, landing back in the UK at 08:10 the following morning. Just like Orlando, an Airbus A330-300 will be used. Services are on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Both business class and economy are available on these flights. Aer Lingus business class is quite well regarded, as you can see from a flight review of mine here.
An Odd Item
These flights are only available to UK originating traffic. According to the terms and conditions, and a notice on the web site, “Flights operated by Aer Lingus (U.K.) Limited from Manchester to the United States are for United Kingdom originating traffic only. Sales are not available to persons in the United States.”
That is an interesting caveat, as you would expect there to be some demand from the American side. I am curious to know why this is the case, though perhaps it is due to the fact that “All flights subject to government approval.” Time will tell.
All of these flights are now available for booking on the Aer Lingus web site. Frequent flyers should able to earn Avios in the Aer Lingus AerClub as usual.
With the failure of certain airlines that used to serve these destinations from Manchester, the flights should prove to be a success. Aer Lingus is a well known brand in the UK, which should also help.
What do you think of these new Aer Lingus flights from Manchester? Will you book and do you think they’ll be a success? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
Featured image by Adam Moreira via Wikimedia Commons.
Airbus A321 by Pitmanaaron via Wikimedia Commons.