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.  

by Aer Lingus on October 13th, 2016

​Nightlife in Berlin: Mingle with the Locals

​Fancy a city break where you can tour historic sights by day and dance all night? Then Berlin is the perfect destination for you!

Pack light and get ready for an action-packed trip. Once you touch down in the German city, head straight for the sights. Set aside a few hours during the day to absorb the moving history of Berlin. The Berlin Wall, Brandenburg Gate and East Side Gallery are unmissable.
Berlin Wall
​When night falls, view Berlin from a different perspective by heading to the top of the TV Tower. Built in the 1960s by the former German Democratic Republic, the Tower is now a popular tourist destination. The highest building in Germany, it’s the perfect spot to get a 360° view of the city’s skyline. Grab a drink in the bar over 200 metres above Berlin – or dine in the revolving restaurant, which takes a full hour to revolve around the view. This is a popular destination, so crowds should be expected. Happily though, smart travellers can buy tickets ahead of time and skip the queues.
​If you’d rather wait until you’re stationary to have dinner, take a lead from the locals and use the Berlin Speisekarte app. This will give you a thorough overview of the Berlin food scene and offers local tips depending on where you are in the city and what time it is. Give it a try to find some hidden gems.
​Later on, dance the night away in Weekend. This late-night club is a favourite with locals and tourists alike, with spectacular views of the skyline from its roof-garden. The history of this city is rich even in the nightspots, as this building is a former Soviet tower block. If you don’t like going to bed before the sun comes up, this is the perfect spot for you.

Not in the mood to get your dancing shoes on? Vintage movie theatre Babylon hosts silent movie nights with free admission. Hitchcock gets a regular slot at these events and the films are often accompanied by live music, so this is a venue well worth checking out.   
​After a night on the town, you’ll want to take it easy the next morning and start off with a tasty brunch. The locals love Café Morgenland, a spot that will especially appeal to those with a sweet tooth. At the weekends, you’ll most likely have to wait for a table but the pancakes are well worth it.

Afterwards, if you’re looking for more than one night out in Berlin, there are plenty of options to keep you busy. How about a nice outdoor spot to watch the sun go down? Sit back and unwind in PraterGarten – the perfect place to enjoy authentic German cuisine and great value beer. This is the city’s oldest beer garden, dating back to 1837. Today, it’s a favourite among locals, especially during the summer when you can lounge the evening away at a wooden table in the courtyard.

Next, why not head on an adventure to Becketts Kopf? Located in Prenzlauer Berg, this bar operates like a classic speakeasy. Once you’re granted entry through its unmarked door, step back into another era as you relax on their signature sofas and taste some of the delicious cocktails on offer. In a thoroughly modern addition, head online to book a spot before travelling. Come prepared, however, as the bar accepts no credit or maestro cards.

​Don't fancy an early night? Try one of East Berlin’s many trendy bars. Zu mir oder zu dir, literally translates to ‘my place or yours?’ and is a particularly popular spot with the locals. It has a more relaxed atmosphere than other night spots with lots of comfy armchairs on offer.

Want to start your own Berlin adventure? Kick off your trip with direct Aer Lingus flights. Unbeatable beer and bratwurst await.


by Aer Lingus on October 12th, 2016

​​Midnight in Milan: The City’s Best Nightlife Spots

In Milan, people are busy. You’ll notice it right away and it’s why Milan is the financial and fashion capital of Italy. The beauty of this is that busy people take their leisure time seriously, and so with its parks, piazzas, and a dazzling array of nightlife spots, there’s plenty to keep you entertained.
Stay at the elegant yet affordable Hotel Panizza. Located in the historic Magenta Quarter, its central and served well by public transit. When planning your night, bear in mind subways run until 00:30 while trams run until 02:00 and start running again at 04:00.
Milan at night
Some of Milan’s best features are the numerous piazzas dotted throughout the city. These public squares are a popular place for locals and tourists to gather in the evening. Though often lined with bars and cafés, you’ll also see people eating and drinking al fresco in the piazzas themselves. As long as you wrap up, it can be a nice alternative to the bar scene. Perhaps the most famous is the Piazza del Duomo, right in the heart of the city and home to the Milan Cathedral. This impressive Gothic-style cathedral took over six centuries to build and is adorned with over 4,000 statues and gargoyles. Enjoy the view from the ground, or make your way to the rooftop terrace for its best feature – the stunning views of the city and perhaps a glimpse of the Alps. The roof is open until 7pm, making it the perfect place to catch the sunset and see Milan’s skyline start to twinkle. 
How about a spot of evening shopping? Milan is a renowned fashion capital, after all. Connected to the Piazza del Duomo is the beautiful Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the world’s oldest shopping malls. Here you’ll find the headquarters of luxury fashion houses such as Gucci, Prada, Valentino, Armani, and Dolce & Gabbana, a mecca for label lovers. Stores stay open until 7:30pm but the mall itself is open 24 hours, so take a late-night walk through to admire its iconic glass dome and do some high-end window shopping at the same time.

All dressed up with nowhere to go? This is never a problem in Milan. At night, this cosmopolitan city lights up. Evenings kick off with the aperitivo, a happy hour of sorts which creates a city-wide buzz from about 6-9pm. It’s a beloved local tradition that sees cocktails served alongside a free buffet of light bites. Keep it local and order a Negroni (key component, Campari, which originated in the nearby town of Novara) or an Aperol Spritz and enjoy the vibe as the city’s finance, fashion, and media folk congregate to unwind after a busy day.
​If grazing on free nibbles for three hours hasn’t entirely satisfied you, don’t worry. The Italian love of food is just as strong here as it is down south. Risotto alla milanese is the signature local dish. Arborio rice is cooked in white wine, flavoured with saffron and grated parmesan brings it together with a delightful creaminess. Go traditional at Trattoria Masuelli S. Marco, where the Masuelli family have perfected their version over the course of 90 years. 
Risotto alla Milanese
​If you’re looking for a night on the tiles, you’ve come to the right place. Milan has no shortage of drinking establishments, no matter what your style. In the Garibaldi and Corso Como, you’ll find swanky lounges and clubs serving fancy drinks to fancy people. Dress to impress at the chic Mandarin Bar and you may rub some shoulders with supermodels and soccer players alike.

If cosy bars and live music are more your scene, try the Porta Ticinese and Navigli areas. It’s a great place to explore during the day with plenty of quirky stores and art galleries lining the streets. Late night restaurants, bars and cafés keep the atmosphere bustling long into the evening and a moonlit stroll along the canals that criss-cross through Navigli is a great way to soak up some of Milan’s magic and do some people-watching at the same time.

Fancy a night out with a difference? Milan’s La Scala is one of the world’s most prestigious opera and ballet theatres and has been hosting international talent for over 200 years. Tickets are quite reasonable once you book in advance. If you can’t attend a performance while you’re in town, it’s still well worth a visit. The attached La Scala Museum offers guided tours of the opulent hall and you may even get to tread the floorboards of its legendary stage.
La Scala
​One of the perks of Milan’s work hard, play hard culture is that the night begins and ends relatively early. For the locals, this means they can get up for work the next morning, but for visitors, it means you can get up early(ish) the next day and do it all over again.
 
Aer Lingus flies directly from Dublin to both Milan’s Linate (LIN) and Malpensa (MXP) airports.

by Aer Lingus on October 8th, 2016

​New transatlantic service creates access to New England from Ireland, the UK and Continental Europe.

​Fly with us on our inaugural service to Hartford and join the crew as they explore some of what Connecticut has to offer.
Our inaugural flight EI131 to Hartford, Connecticut took off on a Boeing 757, named St. Brendan, registration EI-LBT, on 28 September from Dublin airport. We now offers a year-round service from Dublin direct to Hartford, Connecticut, in the heart of New England.

The new service not only creates a direct connection between Connecticut and Ireland, it further establishes Dublin as the natural transatlantic gateway to Europe for those travelling from North America. Via Dublin, North American travellers can avail of onward connections to 28 UK and European airports including London, Madrid, Barcelona, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Paris, Bristol and Berlin, plus many more.

Hartford is the capital of Connecticut and is often referred to as the ‘insurance capital of the world’. Housing many insurance company headquarters, insurance remains the region's major industry. Hartford and the Connecticut region are also popular as tourist destinations with many interesting visitor attractions. Hartford is home to the Mark Twain House where the author wrote his most famous works. Close by in Newhaven, Connecticut is Yale University – one of the most prestigious American, Ivy League universities.





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