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March 24, 2016 15:38 ET

Aer Lingus Adds 1,000 Seats Boston - Dublin Route to Support Aer Lingus College Football Classic

Aer Lingus College Football Classic between Boston College and Georgia Tech Set for Aviva Stadium on Saturday, 3rd September 2016

JERICHO, NY--(Marketwired - March 24, 2016) - Aer Lingus today announced that it has added two extra roundtrip flights between Boston and Dublin during the first week of September, making 1,000 additional seats available to meet the strong demand from the many thousands of college football fans who wish to make the journey to Ireland to support their college football team, on Irish soil. The extra flights will operate on September 01 and September 05, 2016.

The Aer Lingus College Football Classic between Boston College and Georgia Tech will take place in Dublin's Aviva Stadium on Saturday, 3rd September, 2016 and is the third time in five years, an American college football game will be staged in Ireland.

Aer Lingus Chief Commercial Officer, Keith Butler said: "We are very proud to partner with Irish American Events, Boston College and Georgia Tech for the Aer Lingus College Football Classic in 2016. Aer Lingus operates three daily services from Boston to Ireland with connections to over 40 cities in Europe and we are delighted to increase our capacity on the route to meet the strong demand from US visitors who are keen to experience the game in Dublin's Aviva Stadium. We look forward to offering guests a warm welcome on board our flights in September."

Boston College will be making their second football visit to Ireland; in 1988 Boston College played and defeated Army 38-24 in front of a 42,000 crowd in the old Lansdowne Road.

The game is being organized by a new entity called Irish American Events Ltd which is a joint venture between Corporate.ie and Anthony Travel who have been involved in the recent college football games in Ireland.

Event organizers are confident the game will be a 48,000 ticket sell out and tickets to the game at the Aviva stadium will be available for purchase from 6th April ticketmaster.ie. collegefootballireland.com

Aer Lingus operates a twice daily service from Boston to Dublin and a daily service to Shannon. For more information on fares and schedules visit aerlingus.com

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Notes to Editors

ABOUT BOSTON COLLEGE

Boston College was founded in 1863 by the Society of Jesus to serve the sons of Boston's Irish immigrants and was the first institution of higher education to be founded in the city of Boston. Today, it is one of the foremost universities in the nation, with a coeducational enrolment of nearly 14,700 undergraduate and graduate students. BC boasts a rich American football tradition that includes 24 postseason bowl games, a Heisman Trophy winner (Doug Flutie) and nine members of the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame. The Eagles are coached by Steve Addazio, who has led the team to two consecutive postseason bowl games since becoming head coach in 2013. BC has, in fact, participated in a postseason bowl game in 14 of the last 16 seasons.

ABOUT GEORGIA TECH

Founded in 1885, the Georgia Institute of Technology is a public research university with more than 21,500 undergraduate and graduate students. Ranked as the nation's seventh-best public university, Georgia Tech provides a focused, technologically based education. Georgia Tech is one of the oldest college football programs in the nation and ranks in the top 20 in all-time wins. Georgia Tech has made 43 bowl appearances and has won four national championships. The Jackets are coached by Paul Johnson, who is 58-35 in seven seasons on The Flats. He has led the Yellow Jackets to three ACC Championship Game appearances in 2009, 2012 and 2014. Georgia Tech won the 2014 Orange Bowl in decisive fashion to finish in the Top 10 of final AP and coaches polls.

Contact Information

  • For more information contact:
    Rosemarie Curran
    Aer Lingus North America
    516-622-4046
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