Leeds Bradford Passengers Can Save Hours off Journey Time to North America Travelling via Dublin

6th March 2015

Leeds Bradford passengers can now fast track to New York, Boston, Chicago, Orlando, Toronto, San Francisco and Washington via Dubli U.

S. customs and pre-clearance at Dublin Airport saves passengers hours of queuing on arrival in the U.S. Leeds Bradford passengers can fly twice daily to the U.S. via Dublin. Leeds Bradford passengers travelling to North America with Aer Lingus are being encouraged to fast track through Dublin Airport. U.S. customers and Pre-clearance facilities at Dublin airport can save as many as three hours queuing for security checks on arrival in the United States and Canada. Aer Lingus Regional operates up to twice daily from Leeds to Dublin, increasing to up to three times daily from 29 March. From Dublin Airport's transatlantic hub, Aer Lingus flies to key North American destinations including New York, Boston, Chicago, Orlando, San Francisco, Washington and Toronto, and beyond to over 100 U.S. destinations with partner airlines. Last year, Aer Lingus launched new services from Dublin to San Francisco and Toronto and from May this year, a new four times weekly service will commence to Washington DC. The San Francisco service will operate daily from 1 May and Aer Lingus will also have three daily departures to New York during the peak summer season. For Leeds Bradford passengers connecting to North America via Dublin, Dublin Airport offers free unlimited Wi-Fi and a -DUB HUB mobile service that provides flight information and detailed directions to gate. Dublin Airport and Aer Lingus have joined forces on a major marketing push to promote flying from Leeds Bradford to North America via Dublin Airport. Speaking in advance of a promotional event in Leeds today, Managing Director of Dublin Airport, Vincent Harrison, said: -Dublin Airport has been growing significantly as a transfer hub for passengers from Britain and continental Europe over the past three years. -Last year, a record 750,000 passengers used Dublin as a hub, which was a 34% increase on the previous year and we're looking forward to welcoming even more transfer passengers in 2015. -Using Dublin to connect is a faster, more efficient and more pleasant option than connecting via a continental European airport or travelling by road or rail to a larger British airport. -Dublin Airport is the only major airport in Europe to offer US preclearance, which enables passengers to save time on arrival in the US by completing all the necessary immigration and customs checks prior to departure. Chief Revenue Officer of Aer Lingus, Mike Rutter, added: -Aer Lingus is the fastest growing European airline on transatlantic routes, having grown its business by over 20% to 1.3 million customers over the past year. -We offer a seamless product that we know saves time and money, and truly is the best choice for travelling to the USA from Britain. -Customers can choose from more than 100 onward connections across the USA and Canada with partner airlines, allowing for seamless transfer options, making Aer Lingus the smart choice for UK consumers. -Flying with Aer Lingus from Leeds Bradford to North America via Dublin, saves money, saves time and saves stress versus London. -Aer Lingus customers can enjoy the best in smart travel with access to Wi-Fi and mobile data on board and for the business traveller, we'll have a new business class experience launching in the spring with full lie-flat seating. Tony Hallwood Leeds Bradford Airports' Aviation Development Director commented: "LBA has seen significant growth in the number of Yorkshire passengers flying to North America with Aer Lingus in the first few months of 2015 as travellers become aware of the time savings and convenience offered by flying via Dublin. In addition the introduction of new Aer Lingus services this summer to Washington alongside increased frequencies on both New York and Orlando will provide even more reason to fly to North America via Dublin from Leeds Bradford."

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