It seems that Aer Lingus is taking up the offer of launching a service to Cleveland.
The Irish carrier will launch the route in summer 2023.
It will commence on 19 May 2023, operating four times weekly, utilising an Airbus A321LR.
The airline will be the only direct European service from Cleveland. The move is part of Aer Lingus’s Summer 2023 network, which will operate 15 transatlantic routes between Ireland and North America, as well as three long-haul services from its Manchester base in the UK.
Aer Lingus will now offer the only direct European service from Cleveland. Travellers from Cleveland will not only benefit from a direct connection to Ireland but can also avail of the seamless onward connections to more than 20 key European cities – London, Paris, Manchester, Dusseldorf, Brussels, Lyon, Amsterdam and Edinburgh, among others.
Reid Moody, Aer Lingus Chief Strategy & Planning Officer said:
“This is a significant announcement for Aer Lingus as we deliver on our ambition to grow our transatlantic network. The commencement of a new route, accompanied with further network connectivity, is an exciting milestone for the airline during a critical time of recovery for our business. The new service to Cleveland not only provides a direct connection to Ireland but connections to over 20 popular European destinations via our Dublin Hub”,
Interim Airport Director of Cleaveland Airport, Dennis Kramer said:
“Aer Lingus is an award-winning airline that continues to grow with new destinations across the globe,”
“We are truly excited for the opportunity to have nonstop service for travellers to connect to Ireland and the many other European destinations. Our team has worked for years to bring this route to Cleveland for our community.”
An interesting route
Well, that’s an interesting route launch – and it would be foolish to think Aer Lingus has not had support to launch the route with, with launch subsidies to help sweeten the deal.
Aer Lingus operate their Airbus A321LR in a two-class layout with 16 seats in business class, and 168 seats in economy class, giving a total of 736 seats a week in each direction.
In the past, Cleveland saw transatlantic service with Icelandair and WOW Air – with both pulling out due to lack of demand.
As always with a route that has a subsidy attached, it will be interesting to see if that can be sustained in the long term.
Welcome to Economy Class and Beyond. Your no-nonsense guide to network news, honest reviews, featuring in-depth coverage, unique research, as well as the humour and madness I only know how to deliver.
Also, remember that we are part of the BoardingArea community, bringing you the latest frequent flyer news from around the world.