Aer Lingus Regional / Aer Arann confirm commencement of Shannon routes
Two months after the launch of Aer Lingus / Aer Arann franchise routes form Dublin and Cork, both carriers announced today that the second phase of the agreement will come into operation from July 1st next with the launch of four new routes from Shannon to the UK.
Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann will serve Manchester and Glasgow seven days per week, while Birmingham and Bristol will be served every day except Saturday.
Announcing the new routes in Shannon Airport today, Aer Arann Chief Executive Paul Schütz said “We are delighted to launch the second phase of our franchise operations with Aer Lingus in Shannon where we know there has been a strong demand for new UK direct services. We are providing a unique product that combines the best of both Aer Arann and Aer Lingus and offers both business and leisure passengers a quality service with excellent frequency”.
“In launching these routes we are responding to calls from the business and tourism sectors in the region and we plan to work with them to ensure the success of these routes and having achieved that to grow our presence in Shannon and to develop more new routes in the future”, he continued.
Also commenting on the announcement, Aer Lingus Chief Commercial Officer Stephen Kavanagh said “Aer Lingus Regional services have enjoyed strong support from customers in the short time since their launch. Aer Lingus welcomes the introduction of these additional services from Shannon and wishes Aer Arann continued success."
Under the franchise agreement between the two airlines Aer Lingus Regional flights are operated by Aer Arann using its own ATR 72-500 aircraft and crew. All franchise flights are sold and distributed through www.aerlingus.com. Aer Arann assumes full operational and commercial responsibility for the services covered by the franchise agreement with Aer Lingus receiving a franchise fee.