The first Aer Lingus flight arrived from Dublin at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) Sunday The fleet B-757 aircraft passed under a traditional water cannon salute as it taxied to its gate.
City and Airport officials including Mayor Jim Kenney, Airport CEO Chellie Cameron and local elected officials greeted the arrival of Flight EI 115. Passengers waiting to board their flight enjoyed music, shepherd’s pie, Philly cheese steaks and cake.
Aer Lingus is the second foreign flag carrier to introduce service at PHL within 12 months and sixth foreign airline overall. Icelandair was the last carrier to add a daily flight from Philadelphia.
Aer Lingus Chief Operating Officer Mike Rutter said, “We are delighted to commence our brand new service to Philadelphia which marks the beginning of our Summer 2018 program. We remain focused on growing our transatlantic network and further strengthening our Dublin base as a leading gateway to North America. Aer Lingus’ transatlantic offering not only leads the way in our home market but our connecting options via Dublin also continue to gain pace in the UK and Europe as the smartest route to North America.”
From Dublin, Aer Lingus passengers can connect to 21 destinations in Europe and Abu Dhabi
Aer Lingus 115 departs Dublin at 1:50 p.m. and arrives at Philadelphia at 4:15 p.m.
Aer Lingus 114 departs Philadelphia at 5:30 p.m. and arrives in Dublin at 5:10 a.m. the next morning.
The flight is set for four times weekly and will become daily on May 18.
Round trips in May start at around $450 from Philadephia.
Philadelphia International Airport offers service to 37 international destinations, including flights to 16 capital cities.