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Thursday 21 September 2017

Busiest weekend ever for Aer Arann thanks to heatwave

Sarah McCabe

Sarah McCabe

AER ARANN is about to enjoy its busiest weekend ever as demand for travel surges in response to the good weather.

The carrier’s Aer Lingus Regional service said it is preparing to fly over 16,000 passengers on 328 flights this weekend, its busiest since the franchise began.

Traffic is up 11pc on the same weekend last year.

The leap in passenger numbers is attributed to the good weather in Ireland and key events like the Bray Air show, the Open Championship and the Connacht Senior Football Final taking place in Mayo this weekend.

The most popular routes this weekend include new routes from London Southend Airport, Manchester and Birmingham.

There are seats still available but some are limited on key Aer Lingus Regional routes to London Southend, Bournemouth, Blackpool and the Isle of Man.

The airline announced ambitious growth plans earlier this year and this weekend’s record figures which aims to position it among Europe’s top tier of regional carriers. The plan includes the creation of 50 jobs at the airline, the extension of its franchise agreement with Aer Lingus, the addition of new routes to Manchester and Birmingham and a €144m deal for eight new aircraft.

“With the recent addition of new services to Manchester and Birmingham and schedule changes on key routes such as our Dublin to London Southend services, we continue to see strong passenger numbers on our key routes” said chief commercial officer Simon Fagan.

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