Aer Lingus is adding capacity from the UK to Dublin this winter as it looks to feed a major expansion in transatlantic services.

The Irish carrier, which is part of British Airways’ owner IAG, is adding 138,000 seats this winter from the UK to Ireland, including 50,000 seats from Birmingham to Dublin and another 56,000 seats through an extra Heathrow-Dublin frequency.

Aer Lingus hopes to use increased traffic from the UK to feed its extra 350 flights across the Atlantic during winter 2017-18, which is a 13 per cent capacity rise on last winter.

The changes include a new Dublin-Miami winter route starting on September 1, which will operate three times per week. Frequency has also been increased on routes from Dublin including Toronto, Washington, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Mike Rutter, Aer Lingus’ chief operating officer, said: “This winter is our biggest yet with considerable expansion of our long-haul and European networks.

“The Aer Lingus Dublin Hub is now the year-round choice for North Atlantic travellers whether they are travelling for leisure or business purposes.

“This premier position will be underscored by our new route to Miami and the increased frequency to our California gateways.”

Aer Lingus is also adding to its short-haul capacity with increased frequencies to Hamburg, Zurich, Bordeaux and Lyon. Dublin-Bilbao is a new winter service.

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