Coming Soon: Dulles-to-Dublin Flights
Aer Lingus didn't waste any time in announcing that it will start new service between Dublin/Shannon and several U.S. cities, including Washington Dulles. On March 22, Europe's 27 transport ministers singed an "open skies" agreement in Brussels, which will open up flight routes between Europe and the United States, and Aer Lingus subsequently announced "it has confirmed plans to commence three new long haul services to the U.S. before the end of the year."
The nonstop Dulles-to-Dublin service will start on Sept. 3, and the airline will offer very cheap introductory fares of $375 round trip, including all taxes (fare to Shannon, connecting through Dublin, will be only about $12 more round trip). The deal is good for travel on Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Sunday (flights operate on these days) from Sept. 3-30, but you must purchase by April 18. Buy at www.aerlingus.com, or pay $16 more each way by booking via phone at 800-474-7424.
The airline will also begin new service to Orlando and San Francisco beginning in October. It already serves New York's JFK, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles.
The new agreement between the E.U. and the U.S. won't go into effect until March 28 of next year for most routes. Implementation was delayed pending completion of another terminal at Heathrow. Routes between Ireland and the United States, however, get a jumpstart because the two countries had previously agreed to the new open market pending ratification of the open skies agreement.
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