Aer Lingus has announced plans for a new transatlantic route to the US city of Cleveland in 2023.

The four-times-weekly service will launch on May 19, 2023, and at present will be the only nonstop route between Europe and the Ohio city.

Flights will be operated by the carrier’s A321 LR aircraft, with the following timings:

  • EI87 departs Dublin on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 1530, arriving into Cleveland at 1850
  • EI86 departs Cleveland on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 2020, arriving into Dublin at 0850 the following day

Fares start from £249 each way, and Aer Lingus said that connections would be available from the nine UK airports of Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bristol, Southampton and Leeds Bradford.

Located on the southern shore of Lake Erie, Cleveland has a population of around 400,000 people, and is home to the academic medical centre the Cleveland Clinic, which employs around 50,000 staff.

The city stakes claim as the birthplace of rock and roll, and has been home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1995.

The new service means the Irish carrier will operate a total of 15 transatlantic routes between Ireland and North America in summer 2023, as well as three long-haul services from Manchester.

Commenting on the news Reid Moody, Aer Lingus chief strategy and planning officer, said:

“This is a significant announcement for Aer Lingus as we deliver on our ambition to grow our transatlantic network.

“The commencement of a new route, accompanied with further network connectivity, is an exciting milestone for the airline during a critical time of recovery for our business.

“The new service to Cleveland not only provides a direct connection to Ireland but connections to over 20 popular European destinations via our Dublin Hub.”