A bag piper welcomes the first scheduled Seattle to Dublin flight to Sea-Tac International AirportAer Lingus is the latest international carrier to recognize Washington’s role as an international economic powerhouse. The airline has launched its much anticipated weekly direct service from Seattle to Dublin four days a week. Dublin had been the largest European city not served by direct flights to and from Seattle.

But that’s not the big news. The big news is that the flights will be the first trans-Atlantic flights into Sea-Tac International Airport where passengers clear customs in Dublin, eliminating the need to go through customs in Seattle.

The Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday flights arrive in Seattle at 5:35 and depart for Dublin at 5:35 p.m. The planes are equipped with 23 flat-bed business class seats and 243 economy class seats.

Sea-Tac is one of the nation’s fastest-growing large hub airports and four new international carriers joined the airport in 2017. Aer Lingus will be the third new international carrier to begin operations at Sea-Tac in 2018.

Read more on the Port of Seattle’s website.