JetBlue Airways and Aer Lingus, the flag carrier of Ireland, today announced an agreement for the Irish carrier to move its New York flight operations into JetBlue’s acclaimed Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in early 2013.
Aer Lingus will become the first foreign carrier to join JetBlue at Terminal 5, a move that will offer its travellers a premium airport experience whether they are traveling only with Aer Lingus between New York and Ireland or connecting to one of JetBlue’s many destinations across the Americas.
The Irish airline currently offers twice-daily service between JFK and Dublin and three weekly flights between JFK and Shannon, carrying nearly 400,000 customers through the airport last year. Aer Lingus and JetBlue have offered interline connections since 2008, affording travellers the benefits of one-stop ticketing and baggage check-in for travel on both carriers.
With the move to Terminal 5, the minimum connection time from European arrivals to U.S. departures will be reduced to just 60 minutes. Customers traveling to Ireland will enjoy connections as fast as 40 minutes.
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.