Top Irish airline Aer Lingus today announced a massive increase in its transatlantic summer schedule for 2017.

With thanks to the addition of a route from Dublin to Miami, as well as increases in the regularity of previously established Aer Lingus routes, transatlantic customers can expect a 21 percent increase in seat capacity throughout 2017, with 2.5 million seats on the market.

The Aer Lingus Dublin Summer 2017 schedule will continue to build on the massive expansion of long-haul flights already achieved by the Irish airline in 2016 by opening a new Dublin to Miami route, operating three times per week from September 2017, as well as increasing its Los Angeles flight to a daily service for the summer period. Customers traveling from Dublin to Miami can now expect flights from as little as $321 (€299 - one-way) while travelers from Dublin to Los Angeles can expect to pay for seats priced from $299 (€279).

Not only this but the Dublin to Orlando service will increase to four times per week, and Dublin to Chicago will also increase to a double daily service in the same period. Flights from Dublin to Orlando are set to cost upwards of €249 ($267) next year and €269 ($288) is the current leading Aer Lingus price from Dublin to Chicago.

The new Miami route will join the Aer Lingus’ existing transatlantic routes Boston, Chicago, New York, Orlando, San Francisco, Washington and Toronto from Dublin and Boston and New York from Shannon, as well as the three new routes introduced in 2016: Los Angeles, Newark and Hartford, CT.

With thanks to the convenience of U.S Customs and Border Protection services at Dublin airport and the ease with which travelers can access the rest of the continent via Ireland, the country continues to be a gateway to Europe for US travelers. To improve on this, Aer Lingus will be adding two further European short-haul flights to their roster: Dublin-Porto (€39.99/$43) and Dublin-Split (€69.99/$75).

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“We are delighted to announce the further expansion of our transatlantic network with the addition of Dublin to Miami and increased frequency to Los Angeles, Orlando and Chicago improving connectivity to North America,” said Aer Lingus Chief Executive Stephen Kavanagh at the announcement today.

Kavanagh also welcomed the airline's expansion in Europe which will offer further travel options to US tourists visiting the rest of Europe via Ireland. “New routes from Dublin to Porto and Split will continue to the offer the choice, service and value that delivered our Skytrax 4-Star accreditation and we look forward to welcoming guests on board these new services in 2017,” he continued.

In 2016, Aer Lingus was awarded a 4-Star rating from Skytrax, the international air transport rating organisation, making it Ireland’s only airline with such an award and placing it among the top 40 airlines in the world for quality and service.

Also speaking at the Dublin announcement today, Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said,  “We are delighted that Aer Lingus has decided to launch new routes from Dublin to Miami, Porto and Split next year and also to expand capacity on three of its existing transatlantic routes. These new routes and additional frequencies will offer more choice to both business and leisure customers and will also add new options for passengers choosing to connect at Dublin Airport.”

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