Aer Arann to start Galway-Prestwick in December

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Irish regional carrier Aer Arann Express is adding a new service linking Galway with Glasgow Prestwick from next month.

The airline is currently negotiating the terms with Galway Airport and will reveal its full schedule and fares shortly. Aer Arann, which has been studying the route, says it decided to go ahead with the service after learning that Air Wales was dropping its own plans to operate the route.

Aer Arann commercial manager Jennifer Mooney says: “Having carried just under 115,000 passengers through Galway Airport this year, we feel we are exceptionally well positioned to operate this service and look forward to introducing what will be our third UK service from Galway Airport.”

The Irish carrier currently serves Dublin, London Luton and Manchester from Galway.

UK regional Air Wales was set to operate its own service on the route. But a company spokeswoman says: “Since announcing the launch of the service, we have learnt that Aer Arann have been investigating the same route, and of course, it’s simply not viable for two airlines to run this service.

“We’ve taken the decision to withdraw from the service out of respect for Aer Arann and wish them every success with its launch.”

She adds: “We are still committed to the expansion of the Air Wales network in Ireland and will continue to service our existing routes between Cork and Dublin.”