MIAMI — Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus has announced the launch of a service from Dublin to Miami, with three weekly flights beginning on September 1, 2017.
The route, served by 266-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft comes to compete with WOW Air, which also announced intentions to begin serving Miami, starting in April 2017.
In addition to becoming the 24th European route at Miami, Dublin will be the airport’s first pre-clearance trans-Atlantic destination, allowing passengers to have their passports processed and receive U.S. Customs and Border Protection clearance before they leave Ireland, arriving in Miami as domestic fliers.
“We are extremely pleased to add a Four-Star carrier of Aer Lingus’s caliber to our growing roster of airlines,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González. “We look forward to developing our new connection with Ireland and to strengthening our ties all across Europe.”
Aer Lingus is also adding extra flights on existing routes from Dublin to Los Angeles, Chicago and Orlando. Los Angeles will be operated daily during peak summer months, with the Chicago route increasing to twice daily and the Orlando route increasing to four times weekly.
Dublin marks Miami’s fourth international route launch announcement for 2017. Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris will launch service on February 1, with four weekly flights to Guadalajara and daily flights to Mexico City. In April, low-cost transatlantic airline WOW air will launch thrice-weekly service to Reykjavík, Iceland, and Italian airline Meridiana will begin two weekly flights to Milan.
The four new airlines in 2017 will add to Miami’s current total of 107 carriers – the most at any US airport. Miami is also home to seven low-cost carriers.