Aer Lingus to reopen San Francisco route next April
Airline will also launch a direct Dublin-Toronto route
Aer Lingus to reopen SF route. Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images
It is understood that technology giants that have their European headquarters in Dublin and their American bases in San Francisco, including Google and Facebook, persuaded the airline to reopen the route.
Flights between Dublin and San Francisco were discontinued in 2009 as Aer Lingus responded to the economic downturn by reducing its fleet.
That decision left no direct route between Ireland and Silicon Valley, one of the most important economic centres for investment in Ireland.
According to the IDA, about 40 per cent of Ireland’s total direct foreign investment comes from Silicon Valley.
The airline is also set to launch a daily Dublin to Toronto route from April 21st next year.