Aer Arann to create 50 new jobs

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Aer Arann is to add 50 new staff to bring the total to 370.

The Irish airline, which operates as Aer Lingus Regional, is seeking pilots, cabin crew, engineers and support staff. These will be based either at Aer Arann's Dublin headquarters or at the Irish capital's airport, where the carrier has moved its operations to Terminal 2 - opened in late 2010 - to facilitate connections to Aer Lingus's transatlantic services.

The recruitment plan was revealed as Aer Arann's first ATR 72-600 entered service. The turboprop is one of eight covered by a €144 million ($186 million) deal.

Aer Arann says it has grown its passenger numbers by 32% in the past 12 months and aims to double them, to more than two million, over the next five years. After a renewal, its franchise agreement with Aer Lingus extends to 2022.