Aer Lingus’ first transatlantic service from the UK took to the skies this morning with the departure of the airline’s first ever non-stop direct flight from Manchester to Barbados.
The brand new EI 31 service departed from Manchester Airport marking a major new milestone in the Irish flag-carrier’s services from the UK.
The new flights boost business options and choice for consumers by offering a new northern hub to destinations across the Atlantic.
And from December 1 Aer Lingus will begin operating its first ever non-stop direct flights from Manchester to New York’s JFK airport, just in time for the peak winter travel season.
Holidaymakers have even more reason to cheer when Aer Lingus starts its third new route from Manchester to sunny Florida and the theme-park capital of the world and home of Disneyland and Universal Studios Florida with flights to Orlando on December 11.
To start the celebrations in true Barbadian style, customers checking in for their flights with the Irish flag carrier were treated to a live performance from local Barbadian steel band, Band One.
Thanks to the new service, travellers in the North can now enjoy two weekly flights to Barbados from Manchester with Aer Lingus every Wednesday and Saturday until the end of April, as well as an additional weekly flight each Friday from 30 October.
Aer Lingus offers highly competitive fares in both Business Class and Economy Class on its transatlantic services operating from Manchester, with fares starting from £199 each-way, as part of a return journey.
Customers can also book the flights as part of a holiday package, thanks to the airline’s new partnership with British Airways Holidays.