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Aer Lingus returns to Bristol Airport

Aer Lingus is to resume flights between Bristol and Dublin from Sunday, re-establishing a partnership that goes back 85 years.

The route from the westcountry will operate five days a week -Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sun - from 1st August.

Previously operated by Aer Lingus Regional, fares start from £39.99 each way, including taxes and charges.

Peter O'Neill, Aer Lingus Chief Operations Officer, said: "We are delighted to recommence flights from Bristol and welcome back our British customers on board now that travel restrictions have been relaxed, reconnecting friends and families that have been kept apart for too long.

"We are looking forward to serving our customers once again and providing them with a warm Aer Lingus welcome from airports across the UK.

"We are delighted to once again be able to do what we do best for more customers - deliver safe international travel.''

Ireland reopened its doors for travel earlier this month and is the first country in Europe to stipulate that 'fully vaccinated' UK citizens can visit without the need for any COVID tests.

Dave Lees, Bristol Airport Chief Executive Officer, said: "We are delighted Aer Lingus is resuming services between Dublin and Bristol. We have a long and established relationship with Aer Lingus since the first flight from Baldonnel, Dublin, to Bristol Airport on 27th May 1936.

"The scheduled service will operate using an Airbus A320 aircraft, seating 174 customers which is a long way from the aircraft on the original flight back in 1936 which carried just five passengers on a six-seater De Havilland 84 Dragon, affectionately named Iolar - meaning eagle.

"Aircraft design has advanced, and this is a real demonstration of how far aircraft design and technology has moved forward and will continue to do so in the future.

"It is particularly exciting as the timing of the flight opens up the opportunity on Aer Lingus' North American long-haul connections to Boston, Chicago, New York (JFK) and Washington, with the added benefit of customers being able to pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Dublin before stepping on board their transatlantic flight.

"This means they can arrive as domestic customers on arrival in America, saving time and frustration as all the necessary processes have already been completed."

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