Aer Lingus resumes Bristol-Dublin connection

The reinstated service began yesterday, with fully vaccinated passengers able to enter Ireland without the need for testing or isolation  

Irish flag carrier, Aer Lingus, resumed its service between Bristol and Dublin on Sunday (August 1).  

The route is set to operate five days a week, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.  

The Republic of Ireland is the first country in Europe where double vaccinated people from Britain can visit without the need to take a Covid-19 test or self-isolate.  

Aer Lingus
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Proof of immunisation will need to be shown prior to boarding, which could be in the form of the NHS app, a letter or vaccine paper card. 

Alternatively, those without evidence are required to show negative results from a PCR test within 72 hours before arrival and then quarantine for 14 days or five days dependent on whether a second result can be obtained.  

“We are delighted Aer Lingus is resuming services between Dublin and Bristol,” said David Lees, Bristol Airport chief executive officer. “We have a long and established relationship with Aer Lingus since the first flight from Baldonnel, Dublin to Bristol Airport on May 27, 1936.” 

“The scheduled service will operate using an Airbus A320 aircraft, seating 174 customers which is a long way from the aircraft on the original flight back in 1936 which carried just five passengers on a six-seater De Havilland 84 Dragon, affectionately named Iolar [meaning eagle].” 

Earlier this year the airline introduced a number of new mandatory safety measures – including wearing face masks and social distancing – in line with guidance published by the European Union Aviation Safety Authority (EASA).  

Aer Lingus is now operating flights from Dublin to Boston and New York/JFK, with plans to resume its Washington service from August 13.