by Aer Lingus on September 13th, 2016

In light of recent concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note7, the European Aviation Safety Agency and the Federal Aviation Administration have advised that Samsung Galaxy Note7 devices are not to be powered-on or charged while on board. It is also not permitted to place these devices in checked baggage. 

Our guests ​are also reminded of the need to inform cabin crew when a device becomes damaged or hot, produces smoke, is lost, or falls into the seat structure while on board.

Thank you for your cooperation. 


by Aer Lingus on September 8th, 2016

We teamed up with our brand ambassador and Ryder Cup Captain, Darren Clarke to provide a putting masterclass in St. Anne's Golf Club.
​Darren was joined by Senior Cabin Crew Members and golf enthusiasts Ruth Ann Langan and Lisa Jane Dorman as part of our PR and Marketing campaign to promote the Aer Lingus Great Escape Sale which runs until midnight 26th September and is valid for travel from November 2016 to March 2017.
​The Ryder Cup takes place in Hazeltine, Minnesota from September 27 to October 02, 2016.

by Aer Lingus on September 5th, 2016

​Last Saturday, 17 Aer Lingus runners took on a host of airlines from across the world to regain both the top individual and team awards at the annual “BUD:Runway Run” in Budapest.

​The BUD:Runway Run is the air transport industry’s premier charity-sportive event, taking place each September in Budapest Airport. Competitors compete over 10km (four runway lengths) for a host of prizes including World’s Fastest Airline and Fastest Male / Female. All entry fees arising from the event are donated to cancer charities, and other child-focussed good causes.
 
Following an internal search for participants back in June,  the Aer Lingus team beat off challenges from a host of airlines including Qatar Airways, Wizz Air and Swiss to claim the World’s Fastest Airline and Fastest Male awards in a race that took place in a sweltering 35 degree heat.
 
Special congratulations goes to Robert Murphy who won the Fastest Male title in an incredible 34:47. Robert was closely followed by James Liddane who finished third in an impressive 37:41.
 
Aer Lingus was also well represented in the fastest Female race with special mention going to Orla Gormley who finished second in a fantastic time of 43:32 while Carmel Coyne finished third in a time of 45:44.

by Aer Lingus on September 1st, 2016

​Our inaugural flight EI101 to Newark, New Jersey, an Airbus A330-202, named St Caoimhe, registration EI-DAA, took off from Dublin Airport at 12.55pm today. We now offer a year-round, daily service from Dublin direct to Newark, New Jersey to service the New York market. 

​More than 50% of guests on board started their journey today outside of Dublin, from destinations such as Paris, Brussels, Hamburg, Manchester, London and Edinburgh, to name but a few.

Only 40 mins from downtown Manhattan, flying from Dublin into Newark is another great option for those keen to visit the Big Apple and with existing daily services from Dublin and Shannon to JFK, Aer Lingus now flies up to four times daily from Ireland to New York.

Newark, just 8 miles from Manhattan, itself boasts one of the country’s largest and most glamorous performing arts venues, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, not to mention the largest premium outlet mall in the state. Sports fans can cheer on the NHL New Jersey Devils ice hockey team as they battle for glory at the Prudential Center which has also hosted music concerts by legendary artists like Jay Z, Taylor Swift, and Pink.

Newark is the second of three new transatlantic routes to commence this summer, marking the single largest expansion of our transatlantic network since we commenced transatlantic flying in 1958. A direct new service to Los Angeles, California began in May and in late September a new four times weekly service will commence from Dublin to Hartford, Connecticut.
 
Services available to customers on transatlantic flights include Pre-clearance at U.S. immigration and customs at Dublin and Shannon airports, connections to onward destinations in the U.S. with airline partners, in-flight Wi-Fi, an extensive in-flight entertainment selection, gourmet meals including premium economy options and award winning cabin service.  
 
Fares from Dublin to Newark start from €209 for travel between November 2016 and March 2017.

For more information and to book flights to Newark, visit www.aerlingus.com   

by Aer Lingus on August 18th, 2016

​Love to surf? Or perhaps you’ve never done it but would love to learn? Then Lisbon is the destination for you.

​Famed for its vibrant café culture, its soulful Fado music and its abundance of cultural and historical landmarks, the Portuguese capital is also the perfect surfing location. In fact, just outside Lisbon is a string of stunning Atlantic beaches that stretch from Cascais to Estoril and boast some of the best waves in Europe.
Picturesque buildings in Lisbon
​They’re easy to reach from the centre of the city – smart travellers can make the short hop along the coast-hugging suburban railway line to the soft, sandy beaches of Oeiras and Cascais. Or in less than an hour’s drive, plunge into the bracing surf at Guincho and chill in a sheltered bay fringed with pristine white sand beneath the green hills of Arrabida. The climate in Portugal is also perfect for surfing. While it basks in sunshine for most of the year, there’s always a refreshing breeze blowing off the Atlantic. 
The beach at Cascais
​So where to start? First, you’re going to need a surf school. There are plenty to choose from along this five-mile stretch of stunning sandy beach. Cascais, in particular, offers a wide range of schools and accommodation. The highly rated Moana Surf School offers private lessons and group courses for all levels. It also rents out surfboards at €15 per half day or €25 for a full day and you can hire wetsuits at €10 per half day or €15 for a full day.
​For something a little different, try paddle boarding with the Viator water activities group. Not only is this an enjoyable and fun day out, it’s a great way to explore the stunning coastline of caverns and cliffs that stretch from Cascais to Estoril. Take a class and learn how to row on the board or simply join the long distance paddling group which travels to Boca do Inferno from Cascais Duquesa Beach. Sessions start at 8am, 9am and 10am each day and last for up to two hours – leaving you plenty of time to surf in the afternoon.
​Another option for dedicated surfers is the Lisbon Surf School, which provides lessons in surfing and bodyboarding and is run by Pedro Couto – a former professional surfer. The school also offers hiking expeditions and guided mountain bike trips with trails along the Atlantic coast, as well as yoga classes and massage.

Located in the quaint village of Murches, LX Surf Camp is 30 minutes east of Lisbon’s International Airport and five minutes from the town of Cascais. Set in natural pine-tree woodlands, it offers great views of Cascais, Sintra and the Malveira Hills. Then there’s the excellent Hooked Surf School, which is mobile and provides lessons on Praia da Carcavelos, Praia do Guincho, Praia Grande and Praia das Maçãs. Simply call ahead and they will pick you up from your accommodation. The school also rents out surfboards and wetsuits.
​And when you’re all surfed out at the end of the day – exhausted and sun-kissed after a day of riding the waves, be smart and kick back in one of the laidback bars along the coastline. For example, Bar Waikiki in Costa di Caparica is a beachfront spot popular with surfers, with a cool lounge vibe. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail as the sun goes down on another beautiful day in Lisbon.
 
Ready to conquer the waves in Portugal? Aer Lingus offers direct flights to Lisbon all year round. 

by Aer Lingus on August 17th, 2016

​Today in Dublin Airport we welcomed our one millionth transatlantic guest of 2016! On checking-in to their flight to Los Angeles, Olwen Kelleghan and Ciarán Foy were greeted with champagne, a complimentary business-class upgrade and a pair of complimentary tickets, for any route of their choice, on our transatlantic network.

​This is a significant milestone in our year and comes on the back of a busy 2016 in which we have announced a number of exciting new transatlantic routes. We're committed to expanding our Dublin Airport base into a major European transatlantic gateway and look forward to welcoming the next million guests on board Aer Lingus flights in the months ahead.

by Aer Lingus on August 17th, 2016

​Sick of doing sun salutations in a dark, concrete yoga studio? Why not take your practice outdoors and salute the sun for real with a rejuvenating yoga and Pilates retreat? We’re all aware of the benefits a dose of mindfulness can bring to our lives, but the daily grind can leave us with little time to truly disconnect. Sometimes the best solution is to whisk yourself away for a spot of R&R. 

​If the idea of a timetabled holiday sounds unappealing, don’t fret. Most retreats take a relaxed attitude to the day, so if you prefer to skip a class and lounge by the pool instead, that’s fine too – yogi’s choice!
Yoga on the beach in Spain
​Head straight for Sothern Spain, where Malaga’s almost year-round warm weather make it a favourite destination for sun worshipers. But this cosmopolitan city has a lot more to offer than just its sunshine. Travel directly from the airport to the city’s winding streets by train or taxi. Save time to enjoy yourself when you arrive, by checking out the best way to get to the city online ahead of flying.

As one of the world’s oldest cities, Malaga is steeped in history. Wander the streets and soak up the beautiful architecture or seek shade in some of the city’s 30 museums. There’s something for everyone. When you’ve had your fill of the city, its surrounding towns and countryside are the perfect place for a digital detox.

Head inland where, hidden among rolling olive groves, you’ll find Olive Retreat. Their body and mind health retreat covers everything from meditation to yoga. Supremely healthy food is the order of the day here. And since this course is all about arming yourself with the tools to live a better life, you’ll learn to cook it too. Expect to return home armed with the skills to cope with all your daily stresses.
Yoga holiday in Spain
​If you’re interested in the retreat experience, but can’t shake your attachment to life’s little luxuries then check out the Shanti-Som wellbeing retreat near Marbella. This certainly isn’t a back-to-basics style retreat. In fact, it feels more like a boutique hotel giving you use of the sauna, pool, steam room and spa. Don’t worry if you’re a little out of practice, these retreats are suitable for all levels – from beginner to advanced.  
Detox in Spain
​If you enjoy exploring the local surroundings in between yoga sessions, then check out Malaga Yoga Retreats. Conveniently located in the centre of the gorgeous Spanish town of Benalmadena Pueblo, the whitewashed houses and pretty colourful flowers make this village a must-see destination in its own right. If you want to completely de-stress, their ‘6 Days of Wellness’ retreat provides daily classes, accommodation and healthy vegetarian meals. Perched among the mountains and five minutes from the beach, this stunning location means you can breathe in views of both – depending on which yoga position you find yourself in. 

With flights from Dublin to Malaga, you can get from your office desk to a beachside yoga class in no time. Book today at Aerlingus.com.

by Aer Lingus on August 16th, 2016

Thanks to its location at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula, the Algarve makes for a fantastic getaway even in the winter months. Covering 5,000 square kilometres of southern Portugal, this stunning region abounds with golden beaches, majestic mountains and charming villages. What’s the best way to see it? Perched on your bike.

Faro is the perfect gateway to the Algarve
​The region’s capital, Faro, is a perfect entry point to the glorious natural beauty of the area. With its medieval walls and atmospheric streets, the city has an old-world elegance and charm to match anywhere. Better yet, accommodation and food are extremely reasonable when compared to more well-known European destinations. Be smart and start your trip off with dinner and a glass of wine at Restaurante Ria Formosa. With its lovely roof terrace overlooking the marina, it makes for a particularly appetising welcome.

Cycling really is the ideal way to see this wonderful region of the world. Not only will you have time to slow down and appreciate the gorgeous scenery, you’ll also be doing your bit for the environment. There’s much to explore around Faro itself, with the surrounding islands and wetlands offering an abundance of scenery and wildlife to enjoy. You might even spot a flock of the area’s most flamboyant flying visitor – the pink flamingo.

If you want to get away from it all, take the ferry to Ihla Deserta. The boat leaves every two hours from Porta Nova pier in Faro, with the last one returning at 17:30. You’ll soon see how this tranquil spot earned the name “Deserted Island”. And if you want to see the coast from a truly unique perspective, visit the diving school at Hidroespaco and explore the reefs and lagoons which dot the coastline.   
A biking holiday is the ideal way to explore Portgual
​If you want to venture further afield, Algarve Bike Holidays offer a range of bikes and tours for people of all abilities. And they can even provide Electric Bikes if you need a little extra help climbing those hills. Now that’s smart travel! They’ll organise everything for you – all you’ll need to do is book your flights.

​​ If you’re reasonably experienced and want to see as much of the region as possible, try their “Best of the Algarve” tour. In just seven days, it’ll bring you from the Guadiana River on the border with Spain, to the market town of Monchique. Along the way, you’ll take in quaint fishing villages, rugged cliffs and ancient Moorish architecture. If you fancy something a little less strenuous, try the “Family Friendly Cycle Tour”, which allows you to spend as much – or as little – time in the saddle as you like.
The Algarve abounds with stunning scenery
Cycling Holidays Portugal also provide a range of enticing tours of the region. Their “Terra da Caldas” trip follows a scenic route through some of the less explored areas of the Algarve, including the beautiful province of Aljezur on the rugged West Atlantic coast. Think Galway or Donegal, if the weather was great all year round. This area is largely untouched by tourism and offers a truly authentic taste of Portugal.

With direct Aer Lingus flights from Dublin to Faro, you could be biking your way around Portugal in just a few hours. So what are you waiting for?

by Aer Lingus on August 11th, 2016

​There’s a reason New York is synonymous with shopping. It’s one of the fashion capitals of the world and there’s nothing you can’t find in this sprawling metropolis. From designer goods to independent boutiques and vintage markets, the city is a shopper’s paradise, no matter what your style.

​Stay in Midtown’s Ace Hotel, which boasts a hip aesthetic, sassy wall art and a retro photobooth in the lobby. Located just blocks from the Empire State Building (many rooms enjoy a view), it’s a prime location for exploring the city.
Empire State Building
​From here, there’s really nowhere better to begin your New York shopping spree than on 5th Avenue. This is the Holy Grail for fashion lovers – especially if you’re on the lookout for labels. Chanel, Prada and Louis Vuitton are all here, as well as luxury department stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor and Bergdorf Goodman.

How about an early start with breakfast at Tiffany’s? Okay, so the famous store may not actually have a restaurant, but make like Audrey Hepburn in the classic movie and grab a bagel and coffee and enjoy them over a spot of window shopping at the iconic jewellers.

Those looking for more affordable retail therapy will be happy to find that brands like Nike, H&M & Zara all have impressive flagship stores on the famous shopping street. Make sure you check out Sephora for hard-to-get-here cosmetics, Victoria’s Secret for girly loungewear and the very Instagram-worthy Dylan’s Candy Bar for sweet treats and souvenirs.
Fifth Avenue New York
​Or if you’re looking for something a little different, get yourself to SoHo in Lower Manhattan. Once a hotbed for the city’s many artists, the area (South of Houston, hence the name) has now become a go-to for unique fashion as well. Its famous cast-iron buildings and cobblestone streets are still home to numerous art galleries, but more recently it’s become a major shopping destination.
 
While you’ll still find some on-trend brands (shop Japan’s UNIQLO for casual basics, visit Birchbox’s only brick-and-mortar store, and the US debut of & Other Stories), the real appeal of shopping in SoHo is the chic indie boutiques. Babel Fair offers an ever-changing range of international designers. And the eclectic American Two Shot stocks carefully selected vintage pieces alongside local designers and encourages browsers to hang out at their in-house coffee bar. 
New York City streets
​Needless to say, productive shopping requires more sustenance than just caffeine. With virtually every kind of cuisine available in NYC, deciding where to eat is a tough choice. So why choose? Head to the Chelsea Market in the Meatpacking District and no matter what you’re in the mood for, you’ll find it. This huge indoor food-hall hosts over three dozen vendors serving up everything from deli soups and sandwiches to sushi, tacos and oysters. It’s a great place to stroll around, taking in the sights and smells before grabbing a bite. 
New York City food
​Whether you’re a vulture for vintage or just love a good bargain, the Brooklyn Flea market is definitely worth checking out. Held every Saturday, it’s recently relocated from Williamsburg to the streets of DUMBO (“Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass”), where you’ll find stalls selling everything from pre-loved clothing to antiques and art. From the perfectly worn-in leather jacket to an obscure album on vinyl, this is the place to find whatever you’re looking for. Of course, with Brooklyn being the hipster epicentre of the city, it’s also a great place to do some people watching and gain some style inspiration from the locals.

If you’re short on time and the thought of navigating New York’s shopping districts seems a little overwhelming, consider a tour with Shop Gotham and have a fashion-savvy New Yorker guide you through some of the city’s best retail spots. There are a number of tours to choose from, allowing you to explore the garment district and meet some designers. Or if you prefer, you can take a private sample sale crawl and avail of huge discounts.

Of course, all that shopping can take its toll on your feet – but what could be more New York than popping into a salon for a casual pedicure? At the end of your shopping trip, treat yourself with a trip to Valley Nails to perk up your tired toes, and maybe even get a new polish to match those new shoes.

Fly direct from Dublin or Shannon to NYC with Aer Lingus and on top of your cabin baggage, you can check in a free bag up to 23kg so you’ll have plenty of space for your new purchases.

by Aer Lingus on August 11th, 2016

​Air travel review website, Skytrax, asked customers to rate their airline experience across eight categories, including comfort, on-board services, food and beverages, inflight entertainment, on-board Wi-Fi, airport services and value for money. Aer Lingus came third in Europe, with a 70.94% satisfaction score, just behind Greek airline Aegean (80.7%) and German carrier Lufthansa (71.01).

We're delighted to be named the third most loved airline across Europe. Since this award is based on reviews, it’s an even greater accolade for Aer Lingus to know we’re getting it right according to our guests on board. Over the last two years we conducted in-depth research to hear directly from our guests and better understand their needs which makes for a much more intuitive guest experience.

Product enhancements such as our new Business Class cabins, inflight entertainment system, onboard Wi-Fi together with Premium Check-in and Express Bag Drop in Dublin are testament to this. This is just the beginning of the journey for Aer Lingus as we continue to grow our short haul and transatlantic networks to be one of the most moved airlines not only in Europe, but across the globe.

2016 is proving to be a standout year for us, having recently marked 80 years of flying. In addition this year sees our largest ever transatlantic expansion take effect. By the end of the summer, we will fly direct from Ireland to 10 new North American cities on 12 transatlantic routes. The new year-round Los Angeles service began in May and will be closely followed by Dublin to Newark in New Jersey from 1st September and flights from Dublin to Hartford, Connecticut will begin on 28th September.

Aer Lingus passengers can also enjoy US Customs and Border Pre-clearance at Dublin and Shannon airport in one quick and easy procedure, ensuring that their arrival into the US is speedy and queue-free.

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