Emerald Airlines launches inaugural Leeds Bradford to Dublin service

Nicola McMullen, Aviation Director, Leeds Bradford Airport, and Ciarán Smith, Head of Commercial, Emerald Airlines, with the celebratory cake baked for the launch of the new Leeds Bradford to Dublin service.

Leeds Bradford Airport and Emerald Airlines, exclusive operator of Aer Lingus Regional, have celebrated the inaugural service between Leeds and Dublin, further increasing connectivity between both regions. The new route is operated up to twice-daily, increasing onward connectivity from Leeds Bradford to North America, allowing passengers pre-clearance of US Immigration at Dublin Airport.

Passengers arriving into North America from Dublin – New York, Boston, Chicago, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia – will be treated like a domestic passenger, skipping any lengthy immigration queues.

The new connection was celebrated by Aer Lingus Regional, Leeds Bradford Airport staff and passengers, with a celebratory cake and balloons presented to mark the occasion.

“As passenger levels return to normal, the connection between LBA and Dublin remains an important one for our region, with many passengers travelling for both business and leisure,” said Nicola McMullen, Aviation Director, Leeds Bradford Airport. “The route will provide a valuable connection to the US with pre-clearance, meaning passengers can travel through immigration smoothly. We’re delighted that we were able to celebrate this new route with our colleagues at Emerald Airlines and look forward to welcoming passengers to LBA.”

Ciarán Smith, Head of Commercial, Emerald Airlines, commented: “We are delighted to be commencing our services between Leeds Bradford and Dublin. We recognise the vital importance of regional air connectivity and the key role that this air link to Dublin provides for business, tourism and leisure travel. In addition, we’re excited to add additional capacity to our existing service from Leeds to Belfast City from mid-May, and I am sure this additional capacity will prove popular for business customers. In particular, the new morning and afternoon flight facilitates day return options. We look forward to working with our partners in Leeds Bradford Airport to ensure that these routes continue to be a success.”

Aer Lingus Regional flights will be operated by the ATR72-600.

Ciarán Smith, Head of Commercial, Emerald Airlines; Tom Holdsworth, Aviation Development Manager, Leeds Bradford Airport; and Nicola McMullen, Aviation Director, Leeds Bradford Airport.


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