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Aer Lingus brings Dublin flights from Bradley airport

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Gov. Dannel Malloy announced nonstop Aer Lingus service between Dublin and Bradley International Airport. (WFSB photo) Gov. Dannel Malloy announced nonstop Aer Lingus service between Dublin and Bradley International Airport. (WFSB photo)
WINDSOR LOCKS, CT (WFSB) -

The luck of the Irish is coming to Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks.

Aer Lingus will soon be starting non-stop flights to Dublin, Gov. Dannel Malloy announced on Wednesday.

Eyewitness News was told that it took a couple of years to negotiate the deal. Bradley used to have non-stop, but they were scrapped. The hope is that this will stick around.

The flights are slated to take off next fall.

"This is an opportunity that presented itself and we worked tirelessly to make sure it would happen," Malloy said.

The plan is to have one direct flight a day. Once in Dublin, people will be able to connect to 28 European cities.

Northwest had non-stop flights from Bradley to Amsterdam. After two failed attempts in 2006, they were grounded.

"The market has changed here," said Jack Foley, Aer Lingus executive vice president. "The growth of this area has changed. Ireland has changed. Technology is a huge piece of the puzzle."

Malloy said he was willing to help the airline out if it gets off to a rough start.

The state will give it $4.5 million a year, but only for a two year period.

Travel agents said it will give people more options and make so they don't have to fly out of New York or Boston.

"More flights out of Bradley is huge for us because most of our customers have to go to either JFK or to Logan Airport," said Jill Petrowsky, Cruise Planners. "They're more direct from there - so they have to get a car service to go."

There's another Connecticut connection as well. The engines to the Aer Lingus 757s will be Pratt & Whitney engines.

According to the fliers being passed out at the airport on Wednesday, passengers can start booking flights on Nov. 3.

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