Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, has announced details of the newest phase of its transatlantic strategy, allowing Bristol-based passengers to fast track their journey to the US through Dublin.
From May 1, 2015, passengers flying out of Bristol will be able to travel with Aer Lingus to Washington-Dulles Airport via the Dublin Airport transatlantic hub.
Completing pre-clearance at Dublin Airport—operated by US Customs and Border staff—means that on arrival in the US, Bristol passengers will be treated similarly to domestic passengers and avoid delays of up to two hours at security checks.
The Dublin-Washington route will operate four times weekly, and passengers will be able to fly in the airline’s newly launched Business Class, featuring reclining sleeper seats.
From summer 2015, the carrier will also operate daily flights from Dublin to San Francisco and four weekly flights from Dublin to Orlando, which will allow greater flexibility for passengers travelling from Bristol.
Commenting on the announcement, Simon Fagan, chief commercial officer at Stobart Air, said: “We are very pleased to continue facilitating our Bristol-based customers with alternative routes to the United States. This service is designed to save passengers from Bristol time on their transatlantic travel. Now local business and leisure passengers can travel to the American capital of Washington with greater speed and ease.”