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Aer Lingus Planning A321LR Manchester To US Flight

Published on 19 November 2020

IAG’S IRISH AIRLINE AER LINGUS HAS REPORTEDLY MOVED ON SOMEWHAT IN ITS MISSION TO BEGIN FLYING TO THE US FROM THE UK. THE CARRIER IS NOTED TO HAVE FILED REQUESTS TO BASE FOUR AIRCRAFT AT MANCHESTER FOR THE SUMMER 2021 SEASON, WITH A VIEW TO OPERATING ROUTES INTO NORTH AMERICA.

Aer Lingus applies for a base in Manchester

Irish carrier Aer Lingus has been reported by multiple sources to be in the process of applying to open a base at Manchester for the purposes of transatlantic flights. Previously, it was noted that the airline had held talks with senior British officials on just this subject, and now it appears it has moved on.

The airline is reported to have applied for a base of four aircraft initially. These are thought to be A321neos as well as one A330 widebody. That could well change in the future, and as yet, nothing is confirmed by the airline.

Aer Lingus Airbus A321-200 on final-approach with flaps deployed
Aer Lingus has reportedly applied for permission to base its A321neo at Manchester.

Nevertheless, it’s an interesting prospect and would replace some of the transatlantic capacity lost at MAN due to the demise of Thomas Cook. According to Anna. aero, the Manchester to US market had less than two million seats in 2019, down from 2.2 million in 2017. Thomas Cook was responsible for just under half a million seats.

Where will Aer Lingus fly?

There’s a wealth of routes that are currently underserved from Manchester. SPD Travels on Twitter pegs this as likely to be Chicago, New York JFK, Boston, and Orlando, although nothing is confirmed as yet. Anna.aero has undertaken a comparison of eight potential destinations, each with their pros and cons.

JFK and Orlando are already served by Virgin Atlantic, but capacity has reduced with the loss of Thomas Cook. Boston is not currently served by any airline from Manchester, despite having strong demand when it was. Almost 45,000 passengers traveled this route in 2019.Advertisement:

Potential destinations overlaid with the range of the A321LR. East Coast is entirely possible, but Aer Lingus would require the additional range of the A330 for anything West Coast.

Other unserved routes include Las Vegas, Miami, and Seattle, all of which had seen relatively strong traffic previously, according to Anna. aero analysis. The publication suggests that these are likely candidates for Aer Lingus, although only time will tell what its choice will be.

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