Aer Lingus to drop US route for winter months

Aer Lingus to drop US route for winter months

AER LINGUS has confirmed that it will stop their services between Shannon and Boston for the next winter season.

The news follows a similar announcement from Norwegian Air last week, who announced that their service from Cork and Shannon to Providence/Boston will be cut from its winter schedule.

In the statement, Aer Lingus said it plans to axe its daily service between Shannon and Boston Logan International but will instead continue to operate its New York/JFK route, which it normally suspends during the same period.

The carrier cited greater demand for New York during this period and better connectivity than from Boston.

Furthermore, the Boston service will be suspended throughout the months of January to March for the first time.

Instead, the airline will increase capacity on the New York route.

An Aer Lingus spokesman said: “We will continue to operate a Shannon transatlantic service through winter season 2018/19. Whereas the Shannon to New York service was suspended during the January to March period this year, the Shannon to Boston service will be suspended during that period in 2019, while the Shannon – New York service will continue to operate.

“Our analysis of both routes indicates that the New York route shows greater overall demand during this period. In addition, we can offer our Shannon guests more onward connecting opportunities, with our partner JetBlue, via New York than we can via Boston.

“We will be operating a greater number of flights from Shannon to New York during the winter season next year than we operated from Shannon to Boston this winter. As a result, our total transatlantic seat capacity from Shannon will increase by 2,500 next winter.”