Aer Lingus and Emerald Airlines announce accelerated plans for launch of regional routes
Aer Lingus and Emerald Airlines have announced details of the commencement of Aer Lingus Regional services. The flights operated under a franchise agreement by Emerald Airlines will begin on 17 March 2022 as Aer Lingus Regional.
The announcement will result in Emerald Airlines flying over 340 flights per week across 11 routes. High-frequency routes, including Dublin-Edinburgh and Dublin-Glasgow, will be served up to four times daily.
The announcement sees the re-establishment of services to regional points across the UK, including Cornwall Newquay, Exeter and Isle of Man. Emerald Airlines will be the only airline offering these services from Ireland.
Critically, the announcement adds over 60 UK-US routes on the Aer Lingus network connecting via Dublin including connections from UK regional airports to New York, Los Angeles, Boston and Seattle.
This commencement of the Aer Lingus Regional routes operated by Emerald Airlines will greatly increase connectivity between the UK, Ireland and the US, and accelerates Aer Lingus’ strategy to expand Dublin as a hub airport.
Lynne Embleton, CEO Aer Lingus, said: “Today is about opportunities. Opportunities for our UK customers to connect with ease to Aer Lingus flights to North America and to take advantage of the US preclearance facility. Opportunities for customers across UK and Ireland as we develop the Aer Lingus regional network. And opportunities for the Irish economy and Irish aviation as we expand our hub at Dublin.”
Conor McCarthy, CEO Emerald Airlines, commented: “We’re delighted to be able to commence operations under our franchise agreement with Aer Lingus well ahead of plan in line with the recovering customer demand. The time is right for Emerald Airlines to begin operations under the Aer Lingus Regional brand and we truly look forward to welcoming our customers onboard our flights as soon as February next. Our customer-focused schedules will offer choice, convenience and great value for both regional and transatlantic air travel.”