Nearly 130 people traveled on the first Aer Lingus flight from Manchester Airport in England to Barbados on Wednesday.
The Irish airline is launching its first transatlantic flight from Britain this year.
Aer Lingus said 128 people boarded its Airbus A330-300 to take off for the Caribbean island from Manchester at 10.15am on Wednesday.
The airline will begin services to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport on December 1 and follow that 10 days later with flights to Orlando, Florida.
Lynn Embleton, Aer Lingus CEO, said the flight marked the beginning of the next phase in the airline’s long history with Manchester Airport.
She noted that there was strong demand from northern England for services across the Atlantic.
Karen Smart, managing director of Manchester Airport, said Aer Lingus’ choice of the gate was a « big boost » for the region, as it was the first base for transatlantic flights in the UK.
« Transatlantic routes to Barbados and the US will undoubtedly be very popular with the 22 million people living in our region, especially as the US opens up to British travelers next month, » she added.
Aer Lingus hopes to seize the opportunities presented by the failure of rival Thomas Cook in 2019.
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