Aer Lingus has announced its schedule for next summer, which includes 16 transatlantic routes.

In total the airline will fly to 62 destinations during the summer months.

A recent consumer survey conducted by Aer Lingus in September showed that 65% of adults in Ireland are planning to travel internationally next year.

"This is an ambitious schedule for summer 2022 and an important step for the airline, and the country, as we reconnect Ireland to the world," said Reid Moody, Chief Strategy and Planning Officer with Aer Lingus.

"We're confident that the demand is there for travel next year, and that is reflected in our announcement today," he said.

Anticipating strong customer demand for travel to and from North America, following 18 months of travel restrictions, Aer Lingus confirmed that direct flights are available to destinations such as New York, Chicago, Boston, LA, San Francisco, Toronto, Washington, Seattle and Philadelphia.

The airline will also re-introduce flying from Shannon in March to JFK and Boston with 14 flights per week to the USA.

Aer Lingus said it will "ramp up" short-haul capacity between now and Summer 2022, flying at least 50 short-haul routes next summer.

It said 41 routes will fly from Dublin - with more to be added in the coming weeks, and a further six from Cork.

It will also operate to Heathrow from Shannon and Belfast, and to Gatwick from Knock.

The airline confirmed that it has extended its flexible booking policy until 30 September 2022, which allows customers to change their travel dates free of charge, and as many times as they want, up to seven days before they travel.

Niall Gibbons, Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland, said today's announcement by Aer Lingus is "excellent news" and a significant milestone on the road to recovery for our sector.

"As we restart tourism to Ireland from overseas after what has been a devastating time, this announcement of the restoration of many Aer Lingus routes is very much a vote of confidence in the future of our industry.

"As an island, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated, so these flights will be absolutely critical to delivery recovery in inbound tourism," he added.