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Washington DC to Shannon

I am planning a trip to Ireland in August and having trouble finding flights going from WAS to Shannon. I like Aer Lingus (nonstop) but had to purchase from NYC to Dublin. This really complicates our trip and adds days to the itinerary. Really would like to focus on the west coast but driving out from Dublin has me deciding to spend one night in Trim, one night in Kilkenny, two nights in Kinsale, one night in Portmagee (Skelig Michael) and finally three nights in Dingle, two nights in Galway, one night in Cong, and finally two nights in Dublin. Too many one night stands and the trip has gotten too long. If I take Kinsale out, that is even more one night stands. Feel like can’t be in Dublin without visiting Bru Na Boinne (Trim).

Does anyone know whether Aer Lingus is likely to add flights from DC to Shannon soon?

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Does anyone know whether Aer Lingus is likely to add flights from DC to Shannon soon?

I think it's very unlikely if you're talking about this August (2021).

I don't believe Aer Lingus has ever operated a nonstop Dulles-Shannon route (their Dulles-Dublin service only started in 2015) and it doesn't look like Aer Lingus will resume any transatlantic service to Shannon this year -- if Shannon-JFK and Shannon-Boston remain suspended, the chances that it will start a new Shannon-Dulles route seem extremely small.

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Aer Lingus is scheduled to restart IAD/DUB service on or about August 31st.
UAL service to DUB will probably not restart until 2022.
There has been no service to Shannon from Dulles in recent history.

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Aer Lingus has announced permanent reductions in North American capacity out of Shannon. This as they continue to increase focus on European connectivity through Dublin, and also develop Manchester into a North American gateway (though some of that is delayed for Covid).