Aer Lingus Regional to add 100,000 new passengers in expansion at Shannon
Plans also include the creation of 20 new jobs
Aer Lingus Regional, the service operated by Aer Arann, will deliver approximately 100,000 extra passengers a year at Shannon Airport from 2014, it announced this morning.
Aer Arann is to base an additional aircraft at Shannon and said the expansion will result in the creation of 20 jobs at the airline.
The carrier said it expects its total passenger numbers to 200,000 by the end of 2014 and to 240,000 at the end of 2015.
It will launch a new daily service between Bristol and Shannon next April. It will also double capacity on its Shannon-Birmingham route. An extra flight will be added on its Shannon-Manchester operation, boosting it to a three-times-a-day service.
“The airline is determined to grow both our passenger numbers and route network,” said Aer Arann chief operations officer Simon Fagan. “The addition of a new destination and the doubling of our capacity on two key routes from Shannon, provides real choice to the travelling public, and will serve to bring further visitors to the region.”
Aer Arann said the increased operations at Shannon are a direct result of the decision by the government to scrap the air travel tax from next April.
Aer Arann is trying to also trying to lure passengers from the UK who wish to travel to the US via Ireland. They can avail of US customs and immigration preclearance in Shannon and Dublin, saving them hours of queuing when they arrived in America.
Aer Arann operates Aer Lingus Regional under a franchise agreement with the bigger airline.