Aer Lingus takes off again at LBIA after 14 years

15 September 2014

A new, twice-daily service, between Leeds-Bradford International Airport (LBIA) and Dublin, will be started by Aer Lingus Regional this autumn marking the airline’s return to West Yorkshire after 14 years.

The new service, which will start on October 23, will use Aer Lingus’ new fleet of regional aircraft and expects to carry 70,000 passengers a year.

The schedule will start with early morning and evening flights to provide a day- return service for business passengers, with one-way flights to Dublin starting at £29.99, including taxes and charges.

As well as flying to and from Dublin, passengers will be able to connect to Aer Lingus’ transatlantic services to New York, Boston, Chicago Orlando, San Francisco and Toronto.

A beneficial part of these connections is that Dublin airport offers US–bound passengers immigration and customs pre-clearance services before the onward trip to the US.

This means that travellers are treated as domestic passengers when arriving in the US and are able to avoid the long delays associated with security and identity checks in North America. Dublin and Shannon airports are the only airports in Europe to offer this service.

The new Aer Lingus service is manly aimed at business passengers who will be able to access Wi-Fi on transatlantic flights and, from early next year, superior beds.

LBIA is Yorkshire’s international gateway airport and was one of the UK’s fastest growing airports in 2013, serving more than 70 direct destinations across 24 countries flying 11 major airlines.

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