Easter holiday boosts traffic 35pc at Aer Lingus Regional
New routes and this year's longer than usual Easter holiday helped drive a 35pc increase in April passenger traffic at Aer Lingus Regional.
The regional carrier operated by Stobart Air for Aer Lingus said passenger numbers rose to 112,435 in April, up more than a third from last year.
Increased Dublin traffic was the big driver, with numbers up 50pc in the period.
Travellers from UK regional airports are using the service to connect with transatlantic flights from Ireland, including Aer Lingus' own, instead of travelling through Heathrow.
"There has been a 52pc increase in passengers originating from the UK that are connecting to transatlantic flights at Dublin and Shannon, particularly from Bristol and Glasgow," Simon Fagan, commercial director at Stobart Air said.
The regional airline operates short-haul flights, including between Dublin and Kerry, Dublin and London Southend, and Dublin and Jersey. It flies from Cork to Newcastle and from Shannon to Bristol.
April was the 10th month of consecutive growth, the company said.
The number travelling with the airline had been 9pc higher in March than at the same time the previous year.
In the year to date, passenger numbers are up 20pc, according to the company.
The new operators of the former Aer Arann business have increased the size of its fleet. Seven of eight new ATR 72-600 aircrafts bought last year are now in service.