Aer Lingus has announced a new transatlantic route from Dublin to Seattle, its 13th North American destination.

The four times weekly service will launch on May 18, 2018, and will be the first ever direct flight from the Irish capital to the west coast US city.

The carrier says that connections will be available from 12 UK cities and a total of 24 cities across Europe, with fares starting from £259 each way from the UK when booked as a return ticket.

Flights will operate on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, departing Dublin at 1550, arriving into Seattle at 1735, with the return leg leaving the US city at 1920, and landing back into Irish capital at 1235 the following day.

The Seattle service is the carrier’s sixth new transatlantic route since it joined IAG in 2015, with the airline recently having announced flights to Philadelphia.

Aer Lingus will offer a total of over 2.75 million seats across the Atlantic next year, to and from New York JFK, Hartford, Newark, Boston, Washington, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Orlando, Miami, Toronto, Philadelphia and Seattle.

In September low-cost carrier Norwegian launched a four times weekly service from Gatwick to Seattle, the only direct, non-stop flights from the south London airport to the US city.