Watch: Aer Lingus Regional surprises five millionth passenger with a brass band
One in five million
Aer Lingus Regional has greeted its five millionth passenger with a surprise performance by the Booka Brass Band.
The airline, operated by Stobart Air, this week marked five million passengers flown since its franchise flying partnership with Aer Lingus began in 2010.
Its five millionth passenger, Megan Brown from Scotland, was greeted with a surprise performance after flying into Dublin Airport from Glasgow.
She was also presented with a pair of return flights and a bottle of bubbly.
The video (above) shows the band getting themselves into position in Terminal 2, before popping up to welcome Brown and her fellow passengers.
It's safe to say they caused some bemusement, too.
Aer Lingus Regional has flown 110,000 flights since March 2010, growing its network from 12 to 27 routes as of this summer. It operates 680 flights per week.
It has also invested €135 million in new fleet during this period.
Recent new routes include Dublin to East Midlands, Newquay (Cornwall) and Doncaster. Last November, it was awarded the contract to run the PSO (Public Service Obligation) routes between Dublin and Donegal and Kerry.
“Aer Lingus Regional is on course to fly 1.2 million passengers this year, and we continue to enjoy month on month growth in passenger numbers," said Ronan Whitty, Head of Revenue Management for Stobart Air.
"The airline is now on a firm footing, and entering an exciting next phase of growth.”
Dublin Airport also congratulated the airline on its milestone.
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