Aer Lingus Regional to start 10 months ahead of schedule


Aer Lingus and Emerald Airlines have announced that they will begin operating regional Aer Lingus flights in March, 10 months ahead of schedule.

Regional Aer Lingus flights, operated under a franchise agreement by Emerald Airlines, will begin on March 17.

Emerald Airlines plans to operate more than 340 flights per week on 11 routes starting in March.

He said high-frequency routes including Dublin-Edinburgh and Dublin-Glasgow would be served up to four times a day.

Today’s announcement also sees the re-establishment of services to regional points across the UK including Newquay, Cornwall, Exeter and the Isle of Man.

Further route announcements will be made in the coming weeks.

Over 60 UK-US connections on the Aer Lingus network will also be connected via Dublin Airport, including connections from UK regional airports to New York, Los Angeles, Boston and Seattle.

Start-up Emerald Airlines obtained its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) in September, which paved the way for it to operate regional services on behalf of Aer Lingus.

Lynne Embleton, CEO of Aer Lingus, said today that these were “opportunities.”

“Opportunities for our UK customers to easily connect to Aer Lingus flights to North America and take advantage of pre-clearance facilities in the US. Opportunities for customers in the UK and Ireland as we develop the regional Aer Lingus network. And opportunities for the Irish the Irish economy and aviation as we expand our hub in Dublin, ”said the CEO.

“It has been a pleasure working with the Emerald Airlines team to accelerate this partnership and start operations 10 months ahead of the original schedule. We all look forward to welcoming our customers onboard the Aer Lingus regional services, operated by Emerald Airlines, “she added.

Conor McCarthy, CEO of Emerald Airlines, said the airline would begin operations under its franchise agreement with Aer Lingus well ahead of the plan, in line with the resumption in customer demand.

“This announcement is a big boost for Ireland’s connectivity to the UK, including cities like Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Bristol and Leeds. Emerald Airlines will offer a high-frequency schedule with convenient flight schedules to facilitate business and leisure passengers, ”added Mr. McCarthy.

Emerald also established an airline in Northern Ireland (Emerald Airlines UK Ltd) and applied to the UK CAA for a UK AOC and an operating license.

“We are very confident that this will help maintain long-term connectivity across the Irish Sea and boost business and leisure travel between Northern Ireland and Great Britain,” said the CEO of the airline company.

“We have already entered into a long term business agreement with George Best Belfast City Airport and look forward to connecting Belfast to many cities in the UK as soon as possible in 2022. Further details, routes and launch dates regarding the Belfast operation will be announced at the start of the year, ”he added.


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