Aer Lingus to launch direct flights between SFO, Dublin 

Aer Lingus will mark its return to San Francisco International Airport next month with the launch of direct service between The City and Dublin, Ireland.

The new route is part of a major expansion of Aer Lingus’ trans-Atlantic capacity, which will increase by 24 percent this year after a 13 percent jump in 2013, airline officials said.

Mayor Ed Lee will celebrate the Irish airline’s return to The City with a ribbon-cutting today. Officials will also welcome the first Aer Lingus plane to arrive, with passengers including CEO Christoph Mueller, Irish officials and media members.

Flights between Dublin and SFO also begin Wednesday.

The nonstop service could further strengthen ties between Silicon Valley and Ireland, where several top tech companies have their European headquarters, airline officials said. Economic benefits are anticipated on both ends, as a number of Bay Area tech and biotech companies conduct business in Ireland and many Irish companies are based in California, noted Aer Lingus spokeswoman Olivia Canniffe.

“This is an exciting move by Aer Lingus that recognizes the increasing ties between San Francisco and Dublin, which continues to develop as a center of Europe’s tech industry,” said David Ebersman, Facebook’s chief financial officer.

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