On Friday, May 18, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport welcomed its third new international carrier of 2018, Aer Lingus. The arrival also marked the first pre-cleared trans-Atlantic flight into the airport. The program allows passengers to avoid going through customs in the United States as they completed proper security procedures before departing Dublin.
The Irish capital was the largest European destination lacking direct-service from Seattle. Aer Lingus will serve their newest destination with Airbus A330-200 aircraft four times per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday).
“More than 800,000 Washingtonians claim 'Irish' as their primary ancestry, making this new connection a value in that regard but also creating links to booming tech industries in both countries and an additional choice to travelers coming and going to Ireland,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner Stephanie Bowman. “This can be seen as a prize at both ends of the rainbow!”
Marking Aer Lingus’ inaugural service to Seattle, Mike Rutter, Chief Operating Officer said: “We are delighted to commence Ireland’s first and only direct service to Seattle, Washington State, with four direct flights each week. Seattle as a destination holds great promise for Aer Lingus given the strong business ties between the two regions making this an important route for business travel as well as leisure trips as exemplified by the high demand for business class tickets on the route to date.”
Flights are scheduled to arrive in Seattle at 5:35 p.m., and depart for Dublin at 7:20 p.m. The aircraft will feature 23 flat-bed Business Class seats and 243 Economy Class seats. Aer Lingus will provide Seattle passengers connections through Dublin to 24 European cities.