Aer Lingus Regional franchise takes to the air
This morning saw the commencement of the Aer Lingus Regional / Aer Arann franchise agreement on 12 routes from Dublin and Cork. Six of the new routes will operate between Dublin and the UK with the remainder linking Cork with the UK and France. Nine of the routes were previously served by Aer Arann or Aer Lingus. Three new routes will commence as a result of the franchise agreement - Dublin to Doncaster - Sheffield, Dublin to Durham Tyne Tees and Cork to Glasgow International.
Stephen Kavanagh, Chief Commercial Officer, Aer Lingus and Paul Schuetz, Chief Executive, Aer Arann were at Dublin Airport for the launch of the service. The Aer Lingus Regional service will be operated by Aer Arann ATR72-500 aircraft and crew whilst the tickets are sold through the aer Lingus web site.
Aer Lingus Regional will see an increase in the carrier's presence in the UK marketplace, including services from Ireland to Bristol, Blackpool, Cardiff, Doncaster-Sheffield, Durham, Galsgow and Edinburgh. In May two seasonal services will commence operation from Cork to Jersy and Cork to La Rochelle, France.