Aer Arann-operated Aer Lingus Regional has introduced a service which allows Birmingham-based passengers to fast track their journey to the US through Dublin Airport, Ireland.
Birmingham passengers can now connect through Dublin to complete pre-clearance and customs ahead of their onward journey to the US.
Completing pre-clearance – operated and staffed by US Customs & Border staff – means that on arrival in the US, passengers will be treated similarly to domestic passengers, saving an estimated two hours.
Ireland is the only country in Europe to offer passport and customs pre-clearance to US destinations.
Aer Lingus Regional recently introduced three additional daily return flights, doubling the number of flights to Birmingham each day.
Simon Fagan, Aer Arann’s Chief Commercial Officer, commented: “Birmingham Airport is of strategic importance to our network. We estimate that 480,000 passengers travel through London airports from the West Midlands to fly to the US – adding substantial time to their journey. Now there is an alternative.
“Over 60,000 passengers are set to benefit in the coming months. With six daily services to Dublin, this service offers frequency, optimum schedules and an efficient, convenient and effortless connection to US destinations for our business and leisure passengers.”
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