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New Aer Lingus Regional flights offer NE passengers a gateway to the US
AN Irish airline has launched a new route from Newcastle to Dublin.
Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann will run two daily return flights to Ireland's capital, beginning October 24, and aims to fly up to 65,000 passengers on the route in the first year.
The flights are on sale now with introductory fares available from £29.99 one-way, incl taxes and charges.
The addition of the route will offer passengers flying from Newcastle to Dublin a connection to the US and Canada via Aer Lingus' mainline services, serving destinations such as New York, Chicago, Boston, Orlando and Toronto.
Ireland is the only country in Europe to offer passport and customs pre-clearance to some of the main US destinations. Completing pre-clearance at Dublin Airport, operated and staffed by US Customs and Border staff, means that on arrival in the US, Newcastle-based passengers will be treated similarly to domestic passengers, avoiding delays often associated with US security.
It is estimated that this service will save passengers up to two hours on arrival.
About 100,000 people fly to the US from the North-East each year.
Simon Fagan, Aer Arann’s chief commercial officer, said: "We are delighted to announce the launch of our newest Newcastle Dublin route. This new route connects Aer Lingus Regional passengers in Newcastle with Ireland’s capital city and adds another of the main UK cities to the airline’s network for Irish passengers.
"Equally, the new route will enable Newcastle-based passengers to connect with Aer Lingus mainline services in Dublin where they can pre-clear security and customs for some of the main US cities, in advance of making their onward trip at reduced journey times.
"Aer Lingus Regional is committed to providing our customers with easy, convenient and great value regional connections. We look forward to welcoming our passengers on board this new Newcastle Dublin service," Mr Fagan said.
Chris Sanders, aviation development director at Newcastle International Airport, said: "We’re delighted that Aer Lingus Regional will be operating new services to Dublin this year. This announcement increases the schedule choice for passengers flying from Newcastle on this important route.
"Dublin is a wonderful city break destination with a vibrant culture and fantastic tourist attractions. Business users will also be pleased with the convenient flight times on offer which allow day returns, an incredible benefit for regular visitors to Ireland.
"The service also eases travel to and from the United States with swift customs pre-clearance at Dublin Airport’s fantastic new Terminal 2 facility. It presents a wide range of connection facilities for travellers which I’m sure will be welcomed by North-East holidaymakers and business travellers alike," Mr Sanders said.
From To Depart Arrive
Newcastle Dublin 0830 - 0940 (Monday – Friday)
Newcastle Dublin 1140 – 1250 (Sat and Sun)
Newcastle Dublin 1910 – 2020 (Mon, Thurs, Friday, Sun)
Newcastle Dublin 1725 – 1835 (Tue, Weds)
From To Depart Arrive
Dublin Newcastle 0650 – 0805 (Mon - Friday)
Dublin Newcastle 1000 – 1115 (Sat, Sun)
Dublin Newcastle 1730 – 1845 (Mon, Thurs, Friday, Sun)
Dublin Newcastle 1545 – 1700 (Tues, Weds)
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