Aer Lingus Regional to add 100,000 seats
AER Lingus's regional division is to add 100,000 seats for the winter, under plans revealed yesterday.
In a statement, Aer Lingus Regional, which is operated by Aer Arann, said it would add those seats as it puts on an extra 50 flights a week, including a new route from Dublin to Newcastle.
The new flights will be added on services from Dublin to Aberdeen, Bristol, Cardiff and Glasgow, with another eight weekly flights added from Cork to Birmingham and Manchester.
The addition of Newcastle, meanwhile, brings Aer Lingus Regional's route network to 25.
Company chief commercial officer Simon Fagan said the new flights were "the next step in the growth plan of Aer Arann, which will provide further options for passengers flying to the UK.
"We are delighted to announce detail of our winter schedule for Aer Lingus Regional customers.
"The additional flights and expansion of services are designed to continue to grow the airline and to offer further choice and value for our customers," he said.
"After the Budget we welcomed the Government's decision to drop the travel tax from April 2014.
"This will help Aer Arann grow its network further and reach its goal of carrying 1.4 million passengers by 2014," Mr Fagan claimed.