If there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that Philadelphia needs more competition when it comes to trans-Atlantic flights. American has a stranglehold on most of Europe and prices these days are higher than I can remember. With what looks to be a glimmer of hope, Aer Lingus announced back in October that they would be launching non-stop flights between Philadelphia and Dublin beginning on March 25, 2018. This post serves as your two month reminder. Prices are relatively decent should you decide to take advantage:
This move should be a great relief to Philadelphia-based travelers as Dublin can serve as a nice gateway to Europe. I’m already seeing some great fares to cities like Rome from Philadelphia with a short stopover in Dublin for pretty cheap (roughly $600).
Aer Lingus will presumably operate out of terminal A-West, but given that the operating aircraft is a 757, terminal A-East is not out of the question, especially considering Philadelphia’s other trans-Atlantic 757s use A-East gates.
The 4x weekly (moving to daily in May) schedule is as follows:
Flight #114 Philadelphia (PHL) ⇒ Dublin (DUB) 5:35PM – 5:15AM (next day) SunMWF
Flight #115 Dublin (DUB) ⇒ Philadelphia (PHL) 1:40 PM – 4:05 PM SunMWF
Schedule beginning May 20, 2018:
Flight #114 Philadelphia (PHL) ⇒ Dublin (DUB) 5:35PM – 5:15AM (next day) Daily
Flight #115 Dublin (DUB) ⇒ Philadelphia (PHL) 1:40 PM – 4:05 PM Daily
The move from 4x weekly to daily flights stems from Aer Lingus’ acquisition of two additional Airbus A330-300 aircraft in 2018. In addition to adding these new airplanes, Aer Lingus also plans to take delivery of eight Airbus A321LR (long range) to bolster long haul operations.
If you’re planning to book and are wondering about miles, you can sign up for the AerClub or you can credit miles to British Airways, Cathay Pacific, United Airlines, and Qantas.
Additionally, in terms of bag fees, your first checked bag up to 50 pounds is free and your second checked bag up to 100 pounds total is $45.
Full transparency, I’ve never visited Ireland and I’ve been chomping at the bit to go. American ran a nice deal for $600 round trip for the end of February and I pulled the trigger, so I’ll be heading to Dublin for a long weekend.
I also travel to Rome annually so being able to take advantage of cheaper fares by connecting through Dublin is a welcomed sight.
Have you ever visited Ireland?