Ireland’s flag carrier Aer Lingus has agreed to move its New York flight operations into JetBlue Airways’ Terminal 5 at New York JFK in early 2013.
Aer Lingus will become the first foreign carrier to join JetBlue Airways at JFK Terminal 5, a move that JetBlue says will offer the Irish airline’s passengers a premium airport experience whether they are traveling only with Aer Lingus between New York and Ireland or connecting to one of JetBlue’s destinations in the Americas.
New York-bound Aer Lingus customers will clear U.S. Customs and Immigration formalities in Ireland (at Dublin Airport or Shannon Airport), allowing them to get through Terminal 5 quickly at New York JFK without the need for queuing after a transatlantic journey.
Customers traveling onward with JetBlue Airways to other destinations in the Americas will benefit from the pre-clearance service in Ireland to make fast, same-terminal connections at Terminal 5, according to JetBlue.
The Irish carrier currently offers twice-daily service between JFK and Dublin and three weekly flights between JFK and Shannon, and carried nearly 400,000 customers through New York JFK last year.
Aer Lingus and JetBlue have offered interline connections since 2008, affording travelers one-stop ticketing and baggage checking for travel on both carriers.
With the move to JFK Terminal 5, the minimum connection time from European arrivals to U.S. departures will be reduced to 60 minutes. Customers traveling to Ireland will be able to schedule connections as short as 40 minutes, according to JetBlue.
Until its relocation in the first quarter of 2013, Aer Lingus will continue to operate from Terminal Four, a short ride away on JFK’s free and frequent AirTrain service.
At JFK, JetBlue offers daily service to dozens of cities including Buffalo/Niagara Falls, New York; Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina; Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, Florida; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Los Angeles and San Francisco, California; and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Tickets for combined JetBlue-Aer Lingus travel may be booked online at www.aerlingus.com and www.jetblue.com.