Aer Arann teams up with former state carrier
Aer Lingus and Aer Arann yesterday confirmed details of a new franchise agreement that will effectively result in some Aer Arann flights operating as a regional service for the former state-owned carrier.
Using its small, turbo-prop aircraft, Aer Arann will service 12 routes from Dublin and Cork primarily to the UK on behalf of Aer Lingus. Just three of the routes are new, while others will have increased frequencies.
Aer Lingus will receive a franchise fee from Aer Arann, with customers being able to book the flights through the Aer Lingus website.
Mr Mueller said the agreement was "good news" for the airline, while Aer Arann chief executive Paul Schutz described it as a "major development for Irish aviation".
The routes Aer Arann will be servicing on behalf of Aer Lingus do not generally provide enough passenger traffic for the former flag carrier to justify servicing with its own larger jets. Among the routes that are part of the deal are Dublin to Doncaster, Blackpool, Cardiff and Edinburgh; and between Cork and Edinburgh, La Rochelle in France, Bristol, and Jersey.
Ryanair had terminated its Dublin-Durham and Dublin-Doncaster services last year.