AER LINGUS IS promising to create 900 new jobs over the next three years.

The news came as the airline announced plans for next summer that include 575 extra transatlantic flights and a new direct route between Dublin and Philadelphia.

Aer Lingus has not given any further details on the types of jobs being created but says 100 will come on stream next year and then 800 more over 2019/2020.

The new Philadelphia route will begin from 25 March 2018 and will operate four times a week from Dublin.

Other services to the US next summer will include twice daily flights to Chicago and daily flights to the west coast, either Los Angeles or San Francisco.

Aer Lingus says the expansion of its US services comes about as a result of investment from its parent company, International Airlines Group, which has seen four new long-haul aircraft purchased over the past two years.