On 15 March Cork Airport heralded the start of services to Leeds Bradford with a traditional route launch cake, the second cake the airport has created this week. The day previous, the facility celebrated the launch of flights to Southampton by the same carrier with another culinary creation. Flights to Leeds Bradford will operate thrice-weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, facing no direct competition.
Leeds Bradford celebrated the start of services by Aer Lingus Regional to Cork on 17 March – St. Patrick’s Day – with this shamrock cake. It should be noted however that services started on 15 March. Seen promoting the new service are the UK airport’s Tony Hallwood, Aviation Development Director, and Emma Holliday, Leisure Sales Executive. Seen cutting the cake along with Hallwood (who changed his tie for the cutting moment) are passengers Rosemary Somerton, Ian Somerton, Louise Crowley, and Sinead Murphy.
On 16 March Shannon Airport celebrated the re-start of services by Aer Lingus Regional to Edinburgh. Flights to the Scottish capital will be flown by the carrier from Shannon six times weekly and ends a two-year hiatus by the airline on the route. Pictured celebrating the resumption of services to Edinburgh is Mary Considine (centre), Director of the Board, Shannon Airport.
- Aer Lingus Regional commenced two new services from the UK to Ireland this week, starting on the 15 March with a thrice-weekly (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) service between Cork (ORK) and Leeds Bradford (LBA). On the day prior to the Leeds Bradford launch, the carrier inaugurated services from the Irish city to Southampton. The 510-kilometre sector will be operated by Stobart Air, which will use its 72-seat ATR 72s on the route. Commenting on the launch, Tony Hallwood, Aviation Development Director, Leeds Bradford Airport, said: “Leeds Bradford welcomes the introduction of Aer Lingus Regional’s new services to Ireland’s second city Cork, offering a perfect gateway to Southern Ireland. We expect regional businesses to take advantage of this new route and for those wanting a short break or holiday, Cork will not disappoint.” The day after the carrier commenced services between Cork and Leeds Bradford it resumed services between Shannon (SNN) and Edinburgh (EDI). The route had previously been served by Aer Lingus Regional between 27 March 2011 and 5 January 2015. Aer Lingus Regional will operate the 509-kilometre airport pair six times weekly, with it also utilising its ATR 72s on the sector. Mary Considine, Director of the Board, Shannon Airport, commented by saying: “The return of the Edinburgh service with Aer Lingus Regional is a great boost for Shannon Airport and the region. Edinburgh was one of the most requested services not on our schedule last year and the restoration of this service was a key goal for Shannon Airport.” Neither route will face direct competition, while both UK airports are already served by the carrier with regular services to Dublin.