Aer Lingus to fly to three new US destinations

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Strong reports from both sides of the Atlantic over the weekend suggest that Bradley International Airport in Connecticut will be one of three new transatlantic routes announced by Aer Lingus this week; Los Angeles and Miami are tipped to be the others.

Hartford is one hour north of New York City and has been branded as the 'Gateway to New England,' it currently has no transatlantic services, and only serves flights within the US and to Canada

Securing direct flights to Europe has been a priority for the airport and for the governor of Connecticut, Dan Malloy in recent years and its reported that a fund of up to $5m and a period of free landing charges may be on offer to Aer Lingus to fly the route.

Mr Malloy came to Ireland in June to meet with Aer Lingus executives, he recently said that, "Those conversations are still actively underway," continuing, "They are still alive, very much so."

He has also been in discussions with Norwegian Air Shuttle, a low fair operator from Norway.

Aer Lingus is also expected to announce new short haul routes to Manchester, Montpellier and Pisa.

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