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Lady Liberty was on hand to welcome Aer Lingus paasengers flying to the U.S. Monday. Photo by Leon Farrell/Photocall

Flights Resume

The Atlantic is open again for east to west flights as of today, Monday, November 8.

The 20 month Covid-caused ban on non-essential travel from 33 countries, including Ireland, is no more.

Ireland opened its door for flights from the U.S. with vaccinated passengers back in August.

A number of flights left Dublin Airport Monday bound for U.S. destinations, all passengers abiding by Covid-19 protocols, including full vaccination.

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Aer Lingus has said almost every seat on its transatlantic flights to the U.S. were booked up this week, the Irish Times reported.

The airline’s chief executive, Lynne Embleton, said Monday marked a “very important day” for the Irish airline.

“After 20 long months, we are re-establishing Dublin Airport as the most efficient connecting hub between the U.S. and Europe," Embleton said.

Added the Times report: "The airline operates 70 flights to and from the US, to destinations such as New York, Washington DC, Boston and Chicago. Aer Lingus said it planned to run 16 different transatlantic routes next year, and increase its capacity on the flights over the coming months.

"The airline also plans to re-introduce flights from Shannon to the US next March, with 14 flights per week to destinations such as New York and Boston."

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But for now it is all about today and this week. Flights from Dublin Monday were heading for New York, Boston and Chicago.

Irish citizens flying to the U.S. will be required to show proof of vaccination, as well as a negative Covid-19 test taken in the previous three days. There will also be contact tracing checks carried out before departure.

The Washington Post was reporting: "As the United States reopens its international borders Monday to travelers from 33 countries who have proof of vaccination and a recent negative coronavirus test, airlines are bracing for an “onslaught” of passengers as families and binational couples prepare to reunite following months of separation.

"For many around the world — and the struggling American travel and tourism industries — this day has been a long time coming."