- Aer Lingus has just announced its next US destination—Philadelphia, which is already bookable. Aer Lingus will begin flying times weekly between Dublin and Philadelphia beginning March 26, 2018.The route will operate with the following schedule on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays:
—EI115 Dublin to Philadelphia departing 1:50PM arriving 4:15PM
—EI114 Philadelphia to Dublin departing 5:30PM arriving 5:10AM (+1 day)
- Lufthansa takes over Air Berlin long-haul routes: As the break-up of Air Berlin looms, Lufthansa is moving fast to buy more than half of Air Berlin, acquire its planes from leasing firms and take over cancelled intercontinental routes.
Germany’s dominant airline and British budget carrier Easyjet are the two big winners of the Air Berlin collapse by expanding their operations on strategic and lucrative routes within Germany and Europe as well as to intercontinental destinations in the case of Lufthansa and budget subsidiary Eurowings.
The insolvent airline’s creditors and supervisory board have voted in favor of holding exclusive negotiations with Lufthansa and Easyjet until October 12.
In the meantime, Lufthansa announced that it will take over some of the former Air Berlin long-haul routes from Berlin and Düsseldorf. he airline will launch A330 flights from two airports beginning Nov. 8. The new flights will include Berlin-New York five times a week and Düsseldorf-Miami three times a week.
However, Lufthansa plans to transfer these routes to Eurowings next year. Eurowings will already start long-haul flights from Düsseldorf to various Caribbean destinations, also on November 8.