Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks will soon have transatlantic flights again and it will be one of three new locations in the United States to offer Aer Lingus flights to Ireland.
The Ireland-based airline will start daily service to Dublin in September 2016.
There will be one evening departure from Bradley at 6:20 p.m., that arrives in Dublin at 5:20 a.m., and one afternoon departure from Dublin at 2:30 p.m. that arrives at Bradley at 4:40 p.m.
Each flight will include 12 business class seats.
The governor, the Connecticut Airport Authority and the Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner made the annoucement on Wednesday afternoon.
One of Malloy's priorities is to bring international flights back to Connecticut and he met with Aer Lingus officials earlier this year on the way to the Paris Airshow.
The flights to Dublin would provide New England customers with a new option for flights to Europe instead of going to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York or Logan International Airport in Boston to fly overseas. The flight from Bradley to Dublin is expected to be about a six-hour trip.
The airline’s current 757 fleet is powered by locally manufactured Pratt & Whitney PW2000 engines, according to the governor's office.
Jesse Sargent, of Groton, said he'd much rather drive to Windsor Locks to fly out of the country than drive out of state.
"I'd go to Dublin though. I'd be OK with that," Sargent said. "I think it's a little more convenient than going out of state if you live in Connecticut. Like I said, why go to Massachusetts or New York?"