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Unfortunately both Aer Lingus and Aer Rianta seem to have lost sight of the fact that not everyone destined for North America is heading for the United States.
The lack of any scheduled Aer Lingus service between Ireland and Canada makes Ireland useless as a connecting point for U.K. originating passengers. There is no earthly way that passengers between the U.K. or Ireland and Canada want to deal with the hassles of transiting the U.S.
Aer Lingus last served Canada around 1976 when strict rules forced them to use Montreal as a gateway! I guess someone failed to tell current Aer Lingus management that the rules have changed.
Indeed this this was highlighted on stage a few years ago when singer Roger Whittaker mentioned that it unbelievable that there was no direct Aer Lingus service between Canada and Ireland (he faced the choice of either flying from Canada to his home near Shannon connecting via either London or the U.S.)
Apologies to those who may feel this is drifting off-topic, but it had to be said!