US flight deals to be offered by Aer Lingus as Covid travel rules finally lifted

Travelers flying to America will save hundreds of pounds on transatlantic airfares after US Covid-19 testing entry requirements are lifted.

Aer Lingus passengers departing from Manchester or Dublin can now get £100 off return economy class flights or £200 off return business class flights to the US .

These fare offers are available for travel July 1 through September 30 and all flights must be booked by June 17, 2022.

The airline offers direct flights from Manchester to Orlando and New York JFK.

Aer Lingus operates 13 direct routes between North America and Ireland, from Dublin to New York, Newark, Chicago, Washington DC, Boston, Orlando, Philadelphia, Toronto, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle (from 7 July) and with flights from Shannon serving New York and Boston.

With connections from Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, plus Heathrow and Gatwick via the Aer Lingus hub in Dublin, it’s a great option for those traveling to or from the US.

Scots can’t wait to get back to the air after two years of restrictions

UK travelers can benefit from pre-departure immigration pre-clearance, allowing them to arrive in the US as a domestic guest, bypassing long immigration queues.

The offer is valid on Aer Lingus transatlantic flights booked by Friday 17th June.

Reid Moody, Director of Strategy and Planning, said: “The announcement of the lifting of US travel testing is warmly welcomed by all of us at Aer Lingus.

“We look forward to welcoming our customers on board again this summer, reconnecting families, friends and colleagues, and supporting business and tourism on both sides of the Atlantic.”

The development was also met with approval by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic.

A spokesperson said: “The removal of pre-departure testing for international arrivals to the United States is welcome news.

“This will further boost consumer confidence and support the rebound in transatlantic travel this summer, with Virgin Atlantic leading the way offering a comprehensive list of US destinations, including our brand new London Heathrow – Austin service.

“Friction-free, two-way transatlantic travel means reconnecting with loved ones and co-workers is even easier, supported by an onboard policy that allows our customers and employees to make a personal choice on face masks.

“We look forward to seeing more of our customers fly with us to the United States this summer.”

Julia Simpson, President and CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council, added, “We welcome the Biden administration’s decision to lift the damaging testing requirement for travellers. This will bring much-needed relief to the beleaguered sector.

“The long-term recovery of travel and tourism in the United States now looks positive, with our projections showing that a fully recovered sector will create more than six million new jobs over the next 10 years. But in the short term, the measure has done incalculable damage to an already devastated industry as spending by international visitors has been so low for the past two years.

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