New Aer Lingus route offers 'shuttle service' to Manchester
AER LINGUS Regional, operated by Aer Arann, has launched a new service between Dublin and Manchester as part of its bid to double passenger numbers in five years.
The airline uses the Aer Lingus brand under a franchise agreement. It will now operate two daily return flights to Manchester from Dublin Airport and it says the new route will allow it to fly 40,000 extra passengers this year.
Aer Lingus Regional already flies to Manchester from Cork and Shannon and carried 130,000 passengers last year, a growth of one-10th compared to 2011.
Aer Arann's chief commercial officer Simon Fagan said that the addition of this route meant there was now a 'shuttle service' for business passengers flying between Ireland and Manchester.
"We noticed that a large part of the 10pc increase in passenger numbers last year were passengers flying for business between these two cities," he said. "With the launch of Dublin- Manchester we are now essentially providing a shuttle service with a flight going almost every two hours, both morning and evening – 18 flights a day between Manchester and Ireland."
The flights will also allow Manchester passengers to fly to the US via Dublin, where they can avail of security and customs pre-clearance – Ireland is the only country in Europe to offer this.
Meanwhile, Aer Lingus is set to resume flights from Dublin to San Francisco following discussions with several major tech companies that have operations in Dublin and Silicon Valley.