Thanks to Emerald Airlines and Aer Lingus, Exeter Airport is celebrating the launch of flights to the United States and Canada, as well as increased connectivity to Dublin. Emerald Airlines, exclusive operator of Aer Lingus Regional, will operate the Exeter-Dublin routes which will seamlessly connect to Aer Lingus’ transatlantic network from Dublin.
For the first time from Exeter, passengers can now fly to New York, Boston, Chicago, Washington and Toronto, via Dublin. This means they can board a flight in Exeter at 9.10am and be in New York in time for dinner the same day.
Passengers traveling to the United States can purchase a single ticket, which includes baggage transfer and allows them to benefit from US immigration pre-clearance at Dublin Airport before their flight.
Dublin Airport is one of the few airports outside of North America to have a pre-clearance facility in the United States. Inbound passengers are treated as domestic arrivals in the United States, and thus avoid long immigration lines when landing in the United States.
Among those booked on this morning’s maiden flight from Exeter were the Harris family from Barnstaple in North Devon, who were flying to New York for a weekend of fun.
Sharon Harris, 52, and her daughters Abi, 24, and Sasha, 22, were delighted to attend a concert by American actor and singer Jeremy Jordan in Newark before heading to a Moulin Rouge performance in New York. They return to Devon on Monday.
It was a birthday trip that had been booked since 2020 and had to be canceled about five times due to the pandemic.
Mum Sharon said being able to fly from Exeter Airport was a huge bonus: “It’s amazing for us because the airport is so close to home,” Sharon said. “It only took us 50 minutes to get here. It’s on the doorstep, it’s so easy. There are no overnight stays in London or additional costs. It’s so much easier. We are really looking forward to leaving and it has made it all a lot less stressful.
Also on board was grandmother Hazel Gillard, 71, from Exeter, who was flying to Toronto in Canada to visit her son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren, aged 11 and 8 . Hazel has been making the trip for years and says being able to fly from her hometown is a big help.
She said: “It’s wonderful – it only took me 10 minutes to get here today. It just takes a lot of the pressure off as you don’t have to worry about getting to Heathrow and staying overnight which I had to do before. Now I can relax and look forward to seeing my family.
Exeter Airport Managing Director Stephen Wiltshire said: “We are delighted to see the start of flights from Exeter to North America via Dublin. They open a range of transatlantic destinations and regional air travel to Ireland for leisure and business passengers. We are also seeing overseas bookings from people in Ireland and North America keen to explore Devon and the South West. We therefore expect the new road to boost inbound tourism as well. »
Ciarán Smith, Chief Commercial Officer, Emerald Airlines, added: “It’s an exciting day for us at Emerald Airlines, as this is the first time ever that Aer Lingus Regional will operate flights between Exeter and Dublin. We are delighted to offer more choice, convenience and exceptional value for regional and transatlantic air travel from Exeter Airport and look forward to the success of this route.
Flights from Exeter to Dublin and beyond to the USA and Canada can be booked at www.aerlingus.com
For details of the 29 destinations available from Exeter Airport in 2022-23, visit https://www.exeter-airport.co.uk/flights-holidays/
The timetable to Dublin will see flights depart Exeter five days a week, Thursday to Monday, at 9.10am and the return flight from Dublin to Exeter will operate on the same days.