by Aer Lingus on December 6th, 2016

​Dreaming about a luxurious holiday surrounded by sandy beaches, luscious palm trees and sparkling turquoise waters? Set your sights on south-east Europe where you’ll find one of the continent’s most beautiful countries – Croatia.

Split, Croatia’s second-largest city, sits on the beautiful Dalmatian Coast, where picture perfect coastal mountains and dramatic sea views form the stunning backdrop.

Must see

​The city’s most famous attraction is Diocletian’s Palace, an ancient Roman residence built in the 4th century A.D. This impressive sprawling structure takes up half of the Old Town in the city centre. 
​In 1979, the historic heart of Split surrounding the palace officially became a UNESCO World Heritage Monument.

The area around Diocletian’s Palace is now home to some 3,000 people and its narrow streets are lined with cafés, bars and shops – the perfect place for an afternoon spent wandering in the sunshine.

A visit to Split wouldn’t be complete without a stroll along Riva Harbour. Perfect for people watching, this spot has a wonderful holiday atmosphere. Enjoy an ice cream from one of the many restaurants along the promenade and take in a wonderful view of yachts, boats and cruise liners. 

Eat at

When you’ve worked up an appetite from exploring the city, make sure to sample the abundant local cuisine. There is an endless array of hidden culinary gems dotted around the city. If you’re looking for the best coffee in town to fuel your morning, try 4coffee soul food, a charming little café famous for its cold brew and reasonable prices.

For a fantastic meal with a view, it’s hard to beat Dvor. This elegant and intimate spot has a beautiful outdoor garden with views of the sea. Smart travellers should plan ahead and book a meal at sunset for a truly unique dining experience.

Back to nature

​Take a day to soak in some of the beautiful landscape surrounding the city in Krka National Park.

This serene natural paradise is home to seven spectacular waterfalls and is the only National Park in Croatia that allows public swimming. Taking a dip in these crystal clear waters is a must-do during a trip to Split.

Not a swimming fan? Get your hiking boots on and explore the park’s nature trail which offers a great view of the cascading waters and monastic ruins. This is an experience you won’t want to miss out on, so book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Day trip

A visit to Rizman Winery makes for the perfect day out. This family-owned vineyard is one of the leading wine producers in the region with a world-class selection of organic wines. Located around two hours away from Split, you can book a wine-tasting tasting tour which also allows you to take in some breath-taking views of the surrounding area. 

Hit the beach

When you’re ready to relax, Split has plenty of beautiful beaches to help you to unwind. The most popular is Bačvice, which buzzes with locals all summer long and is a great spot to watch the acrobatic sport of picigin – a sort of rowdier version of volleyball.

If you’re feeling like a daredevil, why not try a kayak adventure? A great way to enjoy the sights of the city by water, it’s a wet and wild day out you’ll never forget.

Whatever type of holiday you’re after, Split’s combination of action and relaxation makes it a wonderful destination, and with direct flights from Dublin to Split with Aer Lingus, starting your summer adventure is easy.

by Aer Lingus on November 25th, 2016

An Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald announces Aer Lingus as sponsor of the inaugural StudentLife Summit during National Careers Week, 9th & 10th January 2017

The Launch of the inaugural StudentLife Summit, sponsored by Aer Lingus, took place today at the Aer Lingus Hangar at Dublin Airport, with An Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald TD, Founder and CEO of the StudentLife Summit, Rita Kelly, and President of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors, Betty McLaughlin, in attendance. The StudentLife Summit will take place in Croke Park during National Careers Week on 9th & 10th January 2017, where a number of Ireland’s leading employers, business leaders and innovators will encourage students to reach their fullest potential and set them on the right path to a high-flying career.

Developed with the Institute of Guidance Counsellors, The StudentLife Summit will give Transition, 5th and 6th year students the opportunity to explore a host of career choices and engage with a wide number of career sectors from Airlines and Aviation, Medicine, Healthcare, Media, and Entertainment Technology and Gaming among others. 

Aer Lingus has a long and rich history of career development in the aviation sector. Having trained tens of thousands of engineers, pilots, cabin crew, airline managers and guest services professionals over the past eight decades, we are delighted that in 2016 we remain one of Ireland’s most sought-after graduate employers, as voted for by students and graduates.

It is our continued commitment to people and career development that brings us to sponsor the inaugural StudentLife Summit. Aer Lingus is an exciting place to work where our new starters have the opportunity to embrace the latest technology and to deliver, develop and progress along a wide choice of career paths. 
​Students attending the StudentLife Summit will have the opportunity to engage with leading employers including main sponsor Aer Lingus and also the Defence Forces, The Ireland U.S. Council, the National Maternity Hospital, PwC, Accenture, Deloitte, Alltech, Bord Bia, Glanbia and Sherry Fitzgerald amongst others. Trinity College, DCU, National College of Ireland and DIT colleges will also be present for students to research and talk to about potential courses and degrees.

Students will have an opportunity to explore interesting and diverse career sectors with inspirational guest speakers including US Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley, Betty McLaughlin of the Institute of Guidance Councillors, David Rook of Riot Games, Yvonne Muldoon, Director of Sales Aer Lingus, and Brian MacCraith, President of DCU.

Employers will have the chance to impress students at their interactive hubs. Aer Lingus will be showcasing all the diverse career options available within the Aviation industry, from becoming a pilot or cabin crew member to engineering, marketing, social media, accountancy and catering. Leading Gaming company Riot Games, will be showcasing how to turn a hobby of gaming into a lifelong career of video game development. 

Admission to the Student Life Summit is €5 and teachers can register their classes at www.slsummit.com.  To celebrate its sponsorship, we're giving away two tickets to any North American destination of your choice for teachers registering classes before December 19.

by Aer Lingus on November 17th, 2016

Fall Under the Spell of Florida's Magic City

​Nestled on the south-eastern tip of Florida where the emerald waters of the Caribbean meet the Gulf of Mexico, Miami is a true American jewel. This vibrant city is one of the most cosmopolitan in the USA, with a multicultural population (around 70% of the city’s inhabitants speak Spanish) who love to lounge on the beach by day and party in some of the country’s most glamorous clubs by night. No wonder the locals call it the Magic City. 
Miami from the air
​The most famous hotel in Miami is the Fontainebleau, a vision in white at the centre of ‘Millionaire’s Row’, which was recently restored to the height of its 1950s splendour. The refurbished hotel now boasts 1,500 rooms and one of the city’s swankiest celebrity hangouts – the ultra-exclusive nightclub LIV. For something a little different, the Standard Spa offers tranquil guest rooms and a range of relaxing activities, including massage, hydrotherapy and yoga. Their gorgeous saltwater infinity pool is the perfect spot for a relaxing swim.

The hottest place in the city is the famous South Beach, where wannabe superstars (and some genuine superstars) strut their stuff on the golden sand. The ultimate people-watching spot, you’ll feel like Hollywood royalty as you lounge on the beach or sip a cocktail at one of the many chic bars that line the shore. 
feel like a star on South Beach
​Try The Regent Cocktail Club, which brings a touch of old-school glamour thanks to luxurious leather seating, a cigar lounge, and live jazz sessions. Further afield, The Rum Line serves up exotic Cuban-inspired cocktails on its pleasant outdoor terrace. As the name suggests they specialise in rum - with over 100 varieties available - and the deluxe versions of summery classics like the Caipirinha and Mojito will knock your socks off. Meanwhile, smart shoppers should head to Bal Harbour at the northern end of the shore. This classic Miami shopping destination is bursting at the seams with deluxe designer stores and lined with tranquil pools where koi carp laze the days away. 
pouring a Cuban coffee in Little Havana
​For a taste of the Caribbean, head to Little Havana - the heart of Cuban culture in Miami. Smart travellers will start their day the local way with a Café Cubano – the strong, sweet variation on espresso that fuels the hectic pace of life.. There are plenty of cafes to choose from in the area, but you won’t find a better brew than the one served from the takeout window at Versailles on South 8th Street. Each March, this street (known as Calle Ocho to the locals) is taken over by a gigantic open-air party which has to be seen to be believed. 
the party never stops in Miami
​The area is also home to many of Miami’s liveliest nightspots - like the iconic Ball & Chain. This historic bar and lounge has some of the best live music in the city and a mouth-watering menu of Cuban bar bites. If you’re a fiend for the dance floor, visit Hoy Como Ayer. Almost every day of the week you’ll find the party-mad patrons shaking their thing to salsa, jazz, and more. Get ready to dance the night away – if you can keep up!
 
Forget the weather back home, grab an Aer Lingus flight to Miami and you could be sunning yourself on South Beach in no time. 

by Aer Lingus on November 15th, 2016

Today we're delighted to announce that we're adding a significant number of extra seats on our Edinburgh and Cardiff routes to meet demand from Irish rugby supporters looking to travel to Ireland’s RBS 6 Nations Championship away fixtures next spring.
 
We've added 3,500 seats in advance of the Scotland v. Ireland fixture on Saturday, 4 February, including up to seven flights per day on match day. We're also doubling capacity on our Cork to Edinburgh route for the fixture. 
 
We're adding 2,600 seats between Dublin and Cardiff to cater for rugby supporters looking to bring #HomeAdvantage to Wales for the game in the Millennium Stadium on 10 March.
 
In addition, we're also operating up to four flights per day from Dublin to Bristol, a popular alternative destination for rugby fans travelling to international fixtures in the Millennium Stadium.  Irish supporters travelling from Munster can also fly direct from Cork to Bristol with one flight per day between the two cities on the RBS 6 Nations weekend. 

So let's bring #HomeAdvantage to Edinburgh and Cardiff next year!

by Aer Lingus on November 15th, 2016

We're on course for yet another year of transatlantic growth with the addition of a new route from Dublin to Miami, and extra flights on existing routes from Dublin to Los Angeles, Chicago and Orlando!

Art Deco buildings on Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL.
Today, at an event at No.25 Fitzwilliam Place, we're very excited to announce a brand new Dublin to Miami route, operating three times per week from September 2017. In addition to our expanded transatlantic network, we're also including two stunning European destinations to our summer schedule - Porto, Portugal and Split in Croatia - and extending our winter Dublin to Fuerteventura route into the 2017 summer schedule.

Welcome to Miami

Everything in Miami oozes glamour, elegance and a cosmopolitan attitude. Miami is nestled on the Atlantic coast of Florida’s most southern tip, rendering it sunny and pleasantly warm all year round. To call this city international is a massive understatement! It boasts a North American core with a twist of the Caribbean, a healthy dose of Latin America, a dash of Africa, a touch of Asia and a hint of Europe. All of these elements combine to give Miami a vibrant, exhilarating and unique culture. Miami has it all: picturesque beaches, exceptional nightlife, plentiful shopping, and delicious dining options. Although there is an abundance of things to do in the city and on the beach, visitors should not pass up the chance to take one-day excursions to see some of the breath-taking natural surroundings of the city.
We're also increasing our Los Angeles flight to a daily service for summer 2017. Dublin to Orlando will increase to four times per week, and Chicago will also increase to a double daily service in the same period, making our 2017 transatlantic schedule our largest ever, with 2.5 million seats in the market!

Porto

Perched on the northwest coast of Portugal, pretty Porto is the perfect place for a chilled out city break. Take a boat ride on the Douro, stroll along the colourful waterfront and don’t forget to sample the city’s signature tipple. (Port, in case you hadn’t already guessed!). We'll feature more on this great destination in a future blogpost.
Porto, Portugal 

Split

The turquoise waters of the Adriatic and dramatic coastal mountains form the stunning backdrop to Croatia’s second largest city. Home to ancient culture and cool bars, Split is the perfect place to start an island-hopping adventure. Plan your 2017 trip today!
Split, Dubrovnik

by Aer Lingus on November 14th, 2016

​We've made it easy to avail of a range of new benefits on your short-haul flights.

Eagle-eyed bookers may have noticed a recent change in the way that we show our fare options on aerlingus.com. Our previous LOW, PLUS and FLEX options have been replaced by three new options: SAVER, PLUS and ADVANTAGE. And the good news? In addition to all of the existing perks of Low, Plus and Flex, we've added some brand new benefits to our new Plus and Advantage options - all at no extra charge!

SAVER

​This is our cheapest fare available and comes with:
  • Allocated standard seating when you check in.
  • Free check-in options within 30 hours of your departure.
  • Free cabin bag up to 10kg (7kg for Aer Lingus Regional).
  • One additional small personal item (eg. small handbag, laptop, duty-free or baby changing bag). 

PLUS

Plus gives you all the convenience and value of Saver, and you also get:
  • Free checked-in bag of up to 20kg.
  • Advance seat selection.
Newly included benefits that we've added to Plus are:
  • Select an Exit or Choice seat (where available).
  • Priority Boarding (within applicable airports, and only through bookings made with aerlingus.com via online or mobile check-in).
  • Stand-by for Earlier Fight (on high-frequency routes only).

ADVANTAGE

Advantage is our bells and whistles option, specifically designed with the business traveler in mind. In addition to all of the great benefits of Plus, you get:
  • Free time and date changes (subject to availability).
  • Cancellable and refundable tickets.
  • Lounge Access (where available).
  • Fast Track (available at Dublin Airport, and NEW to Advantage).

So, next time you're booking, take another look at SAVER, PLUS and ADVANTAGE and find the option that best suits your travel needs. There's an option for everyone!

Find out more on our website

by Aer Lingus on October 26th, 2016

Our brand ambassador Johnny Sexton was at Dublin Airport today encouraging Ireland rugby fans to bring #HomeAdvantage to Soldier Field in Chicago when Ireland take on the All Blacks on November 5th. Chicago is one of ten North American destinations that you can fly to direct from Ireland with Aer Lingus. 
Aer Lingus ambassador Johnny Sexton and Cabin Crew Shona Keaney and David Rodgers
​Whether at home or abroad, Irish fans are renowned for creating an electric atmosphere with their passionate support. Aer Lingus, the official airline of the Irish rugby team, will be helping bring the magic of #HomeAdvantage to Chicago’s Soldier Field giving Ireland every advantage as they look to beat New Zealand for the first time in history.

by Aer Lingus on October 18th, 2016

​We catch up with cabin crew member Suzanne Earley as she meets her colleagues to carry out their routine pre-flight briefing and prepare to fly to New York’s JFK airport. Suzanne joined Aer Lingus two years ago and hasn’t looked back since.
​The 25-year-old from Malahide previously studied Journalism at Griffith College and worked in Public Relations but she always felt that something was missing from her career.
“When I saw Aer Lingus was looking for new cabin crew I jumped at the opportunity” said Suzanne. “I have always enjoyed working with people and the idea of travelling for work really excited me.”

Two years on, and today Suzanne travels all over Europe and North America.
“I haven’t looked back,” says Suzanne.  “I love my role as Cabin Crew with Aer Lingus because of the interaction that I have with our guests each time I’m on board an Aer Lingus flight. Every day I see my fellow crew striving to provide the best possible service to those travelling with us and working to make their flight experience an enjoyable and memorable one.”

These high service standards on board our flights were instrumental in Aer Lingus securing a four star rating from Skytrax, the international air transport rating organisation,  making Aer Lingus Ireland’s only four-star airline.

Suzanne recognises the challenges that come with the role of cabin crew: “At times, the role can be quite physically demanding, and that shift work does not suit everyone. Also, there can occasionally be unpredictable  changes to your schedule due to delays or weather conditions.” However, Suzanne adds that, “If you’re flexible and, like me, have a passion for the job you’ll get on just fine.”
​A big part of the role of cabin crew in Aer Lingus is to ensure the safety of our guests. “The training process is quite intense, both in theory and practice. This is to ensure that you are fully prepared for your role and any situation that may arise on a day-to-day basis. After six weeks at the Aer Lingus Training Academy where you receive training in areas such as first aid, CPR, emergency landing and firefighting drills, you  will officially become a member of Aer Lingus cabin crew.” said Suzanne.

“As cabin crew I have learned to keep a smiling face in all situations, I’ve developed my confidence, and I’ve come to really understand the importance of good customer service. I cannot recommend the role highly enough. My expectations were totally surpassed. I've never looked back.”

If you’d like to join the Aer Lingus team, visit careers.aerlingus.com for more details and to apply. 

by Aer Lingus on October 15th, 2016

We have been advised that the U.S. Department of Transportation has issued an emergency order banning all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone devices from air transportation in the United States and Canada.

Guests who own or possess a Samsung Galaxy Note7 device MAY NOT transport the device on their person, in carry-on baggage, or in checked baggage on flights to, from, or within the United States.

This prohibition includes all Samsung Galaxy Note7 devices. 
The phones also cannot be shipped as air cargo. The ban will be effective on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at noon Eastern Standard Time (ET).

by Aer Lingus on October 13th, 2016

​​Do as the Locals Do: Enjoy Madrid by Night

With a rich history and vibrant atmosphere, Madrid has something to offer every visitor. Whether you’re enjoying a coffee on the Plaza Mayor, admiring the gardens of the glorious Palacio Real or gazing at a Velázquez masterpiece in the Prado, there’s an endless variety of things to do during the day.
 
But when the sun sets, Madrid really comes into its own. So if you fancy a night out with a difference this autumn, check out these local favourites in some of Madrid’s coolest neighbourhoods.
When it comes to going out here, Gran Vía is definitely where it’s at. This famous old street is synonymous with shopping, sightseeing, and generally having a good time.
 
If you’re a cocktail aficionado, Museo Chicote should be your first stop. Madrid’s oldest cocktail bar, this glamorous spot has been a favourite since the 1930s, with stars like Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra dropping in for a drink over the years. Reserve a spot online before arriving and people-watch to your heart’s content.
 
For some truly traditional Spanish entertainment, visit the legendary Corral de la Moreria, perhaps the country’s most famous “tablao” or Flamenco club. The club hosts two shows a night where you marvel at the flashing footwork and intricate playing of some of Spain’s best dancers and musicians.
 
But if you’re looking for something slightly more highbrow, the magnificent Teatro Real is one of the grandest opera houses in Europe, and regularly welcomes global superstars as well as its own critically-acclaimed shows. Exciting upcoming productions include Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd and Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman. Be smart and secure your ticket ahead of travelling.
​Eating out in Spain is all about tapas and Mercado San Anton, just north of Gran Vía, is a super-sized shrine to the bite-sized delicacies. Over three floors, this fabulous foodie destination features an indoor market, a multitude of stands selling delicious bite-sized snacks, and a sumptuous rooftop bar with stunning views of the city. 
​For a truly exclusive night on the town, make your way to the district of Salamanca in the northeast of the city. It’s home to many of Madrid’s wealthiest citizens, and has a glamorous nightlife to match. Before hitting the town in earnest, why not grab a bite at La Castela? This chic bar/restaurant blends traditional Spanish cookery with contemporary influences and is the perfect place to relax with a glass of wine before heading to a club. Plan ahead and book a place for dinner ahead of your trip.
​With a huge outdoor terrace that’s usually packed to the rafters, Serrano 41 is one of Salamanca’s most popular nightlife destinations. If you fancy rubbing shoulders with the local celebrity set, Gabana 1800 is a favourite for Madrid’s rich and famous. You might see anyone from a famous footballer to a Spanish pop starlet in one of this sprawling club’s many VIP areas. Better yet, you can party like a superstar in themed rooms with DJs playing everything from chart hits to cutting-edge dance until the sun comes up.
 
And if you need to chill out after all that partying, smart travellers can visit Hammam Al Andalus - traditional Arab baths to avail of its soothing warm baths and relaxing massages in tranquil surroundings.
 
Looking for a night on the town you’ll never forget? Pack your party best and sample some Spanish nightlife with direct Aer Lingus flights to Madrid.  





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