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  • Eleventh consecutive month of growth;
  • Passengers up 35% on May 2013 with 122,079 passengers flown;
  • Passenger numbers up 23% year to date;
  • Heineken Cup final converts extra passengers for the airline;
  • Dublin passenger numbers up 49% in April.

 

Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, has announced a 35% increase in passenger numbers for the month of May 2014 compared to the same month last year. It represents the eleventh consecutive month of passenger growth for the airline. 

 

May 2014 was a record breaking month for the airline as it flew 122,079 passengers, 31,589 more than May 2013 and 1,191 more than the previous record set in August 2013.

Total passenger numbers for the year to date are up 23% compared to this time last year. Passenger numbers on the airline’s Dublin routes were up 49%, with the Dublin-Kerry route seeing an increase of 21% in May.  The Dublin–Bristol route saw an increase of 22% due to the deployment of new aircraft on the route and an increase to three daily flights for the summer months. 

 

Aer Lingus Regional passenger numbers from the UK connecting to transatlantic flights has more than doubled in the first four months of the year compared to the same period in 2013.  This was due to Aer Lingus’ new San Francisco and Toronto services.  Boston and New York bound passengers from Birmingham and Manchester via Shannon Airport has proven to be very popular

 

Passenger numbers on the airline’s Cork services saw a second consecutive month of growth with an 11% increase from the same month last year.  The Cork-Bristol route increased by 14%, while the Cork-Manchester route saw a 17% increase in May.

 

A focus on providing services for major sporting events continued to be a key driver in passenger growth for the airline. May’s Heineken Cup Final in Cardiff contributed a 44% monthly increase in passenger numbers on the airline’s services to the Welsh capital alone.

 

Routes from Shannon Airport also saw a significant growth with a 15% increase in May compared to the same month last year. 

 

Commenting, Simon Fagan, Chief Commercial Officer, Stobart Air said:

 

‘May 2014 was a record period for us and our eleventh successive month of passenger growth. New and expanded routes, along with our investment in new aircraft are resonating with passengers. It is notably that growth is occurring across the network and at each of our bases in Dublin, Shannon and Cork.’   

 

Commenting on next week’s proposed industrial action, Mr Fagan concluded:

 

‘Aer Lingus Regional services are not affected by the current industrial dispute in Aer Lingus. Our full schedule will operate as normal next week and throughout the summer season from Dublin, Cork, Shannon and Kerry airports to the UK and Northern France.’

  • New London Southend routes to Rennes, Münster Osnabrück and Groningen take-off, with three more to start next month
  • Today marks beginning of first Stobart Air operated services to mainland Europe
  • Airline targets 700,000 additional London Southend passengers within three years

 

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, today commenced three of its six new European routes from London Southend Airport operated by its franchise partner, Stobart Air. 

 

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London Southend passengers departed on flights to Rennes in France; Münster Osnabrück in Germany; and Groningen in the Netherlands over the course of the day, while inbound passengers from these destinations arrived to London Southend Airport for the first time.

 

First flight launch events will be hosted at London’s newest airport next month when Flybe’s services to Antwerp, Caen Normandy and Maastricht come into operation.

 

The Flybe branded routes are operated by Stobart Air as part of a franchise agreement between the two airlines. Stobart Air has targeted 200,000 passengers on its six new London Southend services in the first full year of operations, rising to 700,000 passengers within three years.

 

The airline’s Managing Director, who was in London Southend Airport to mark the occasion, said he was delighted that the new operations were now successfully underway.

 

Julian Carr, Managing Director, Stobart Air, said:

‘Today marks a significant step for Stobart Air, with the start of our new services here at London Southend Airport. We are delighted to be up and running, and look forward to today’s passengers being the first of thousands who will experience our services in the years ahead.  

 

‘Bookings for these new routes have been strong since they were first announced in April. We are seeing a growing response from both leisure and business passengers who are attracted by competitive prices, convenient schedules and the efficiency of London Southend Airport.

 

‘For the 20 million people living within two hours of London Southend Airport, the six new routes offers people direct access to some of Europe’s most charming cultural hubs and important trading markets. The availability of daily return services on some of the routes means people can do a day’s business and be back home that evening,” Mr Carr concluded.

 

Roger Clements, Managing Director, London Southend Airport said:

‘This is a special day for London Southend Airport.  Launching three new routes in a single day signifies the development that this airport is undergoing, and how far we have advanced. 

 

‘We are delighted to welcome our newest passengers, and look forward to showing them the benefits London Southend Airport has to offer, like  up to eight trains per hour into the heart of London in just 53 minutes.

‘For many on these new routes, this is the first direct connection to London. It links a whole new audience to one of the world’s most important cities, and this is very significant. 

 

‘We have seen that the more people experience London Southend’s comfort, convenience and efficiency, the more popular it becomes. We look forward to Flybe’s newest passengers enjoying a similar experience,’ Mr Clements concluded. 

  • Tenth consecutive month of growth for airline;
  • 112,435 passengers flown in April;
  • Passenger numbers up 20% year to date;
  • Dublin passenger numbers up 50% in April.

 

Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air (formerly Aer Arann), has announced a 35% increase passenger numbers for the month of April 2014, compared to the same period last year.  Aer Lingus Regional flew an additional 29,130 extra passengers, bringing the number flown to 112,435 passengers last month.

 

Passengers flying to and from Dublin were up 50% with the Kerry – Dublin route seeing an increase of 38% in April compared to same month last year.  The Dublin to London Southend route saw a 21% increase in passenger numbers.  Easter traffic in April combined with new routes from Dublin to Jersey, Cork to Newcastle and Shannon to Bristol have delivered the airline its tenth consecutive month of growth.

 

Last month Aer Lingus Regional reported a 9% increase in its passenger numbers in March compared to the same month last year.  Total passenger numbers are up 14% to date in 2014 compared to this time last year. 

 

To date the airline has rolled out its seven of its eight new ATR 72-600 aircraft which were purchased last year. 

 

Cork’s passenger numbers returned to growth with a 13 percent increase from the same month last year, partially thanks to the new route to Newcastle which came into operation.   Routes from Shannon Airport also saw a significant growth with a 39 percent increase in April compared to the same month last year.

 

Commenting on April’s passenger numbers, Simon Fagan, Commercial Director at Stobart Air said:

 

‘We are very pleased that our passenger numbers in April which also sees the airline’s tenth consecutive month of growth.  The combination of the Easter break and three new routes coming into operation in recent weeks has resulted more passenger numbers, particularly on all our Scottish bound routes which saw an 11% increase last month

 

‘We are especially pleased with the 50% increase on our Dublin which have been performing consistently well over the past few months. 

 

‘There has also been a 52 percent increase passengers originating from the UK that are connecting to transatlantic flights at Dublin and Shannon, particularly from Bristol and Glasgow.  This has been helped because of Aer Lingus’ new routes to San Francisco and Toronto coming into operation.’

  • Ninth consecutive month of growth for airline
  • 94,242 passengers flown in March
  • Passenger numbers up 14% year to date
  • Dublin passenger numbers up 27% in March

 

Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air (formerly Aer Arann), has announced a 9% increase passenger numbers for the month of March 2014, compared to the same period last year.  Aer Lingus Regional flew 94,242 passengers in March, up from 86,610 in 2013.

 

Passengers flying to and from Dublin were up 27% as the airline experienced its ninth consecutive month of growth.  The Kerry – Dublin route also saw a strong increase of 14% in March compared to same month last year.

 

Last month Aer Lingus Regional reported a 13% increase in its passenger numbers in February compared to the same month last year.  Total passenger numbers are up 14% to date in 2014 compared to this time last year. 

 

In the past month the airline has also rolled out its two new ATR 72-600 aircraft.  One will service the Dublin-Bristol and Dublin-Cardiff routes and the other will exclusively operate routes from Cork Airport.  Cork’s passenger number are down slightly by 2% but those numbers had exceeded expectations due to Easter being in March last year.   

 

The airline is now operating its summer schedule which has seen an expansion of a number of routes, including the Dublin – Jersey route which will operate five flights per week.

 

Commenting on March’s passenger numbers, Simon Fagan, Commercial Director at Stobart Air said:

 

‘We are pleased that our passenger numbers have grown for a ninth consecutive month.  March has seen a lot of activity for the airline.  We launched our Cork-Newcastle and Shannon-Bristol services and have expanded other routes.  We have also rolled out two new aircraft to service our expanded routes in Dublin and Cork.

 

‘The airline is continuing to experience a sustained rise in passengers connecting with Aer Lingus transatlantic services, particularly from Newcastle and Glasgow.

 

‘We are especially pleased with the 27% increase on our Dublin routes, including the Isle of Man and Kerry services.

 

‘With new routes, new aircraft and expanded services on existing routes, the outlook for Aer Lingus Regional is looking more and more positive with each passing month.’

  • More new aircraft to operate from Cork;
  • Four return flights per week;
  • Airline aims to passenger numbers by 2016;
  • News comes amid solid passenger numbers for Cork.

 

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Aer Lingus Regional today (28 March) marked the maiden flight from Cork to Newcastle as the airline completes the latest part of its ‘new beginning’ strategy.

 

From today Aer Lingus Regional will operate 4 return flights, four days a week to Newcastle Airport and is the airline’s 8th regional route from the airport.  This follows the success of the airline’s Dublin–Newcastle route which went into operation last October.  The airline expects to fly over 300,000 passengers from Cork, up 20% from 2013 as the airline aims to double passenger numbers to 2 million by 2016.

 

The addition of this route will enable Cork passengers to have a direct route to a major business and tourist hub in the North-East of England.  Equally it will facilitate a potential tourist influx from Northern England to Cork. 

 

The Cork-Newcastle route will be operated by one of the airline’s new ATR 72-600 aircraft which will offer better comfort and convenience for business and leisure passengers alike. An additional new aircraft will service Cork routes from the 14th of April.

Stobart Air will also be investing €45million in new equipment.

 

Aer Lingus Regional’s Chief Commercial Officer, Simon Fagan said that the addition of this Cork-Newcastle route is a vital step in the growth plan of the airline:

 

‘We are delighted to announce the launch of the Cork-Newcastle route.  It made sense to facilitate a link between these two vibrant cities.  The route has enormous potential in terms of boosting tourist numbers and enhancing business connections between the two cities.  This route will exploit the potential connections between the two regionals, particularly in the area of wind and tidal energy projects in the North East of England.

 

‘The addition of this route reflects our continued commitment to Cork which has seen a rise in passenger numbers in recent months.  Our newest aircraft will also service the route which will maximise both efficiency and comfort for our passengers.  The new route and aircraft are part of the high level of regional service that we strive to provide our customers.’

 

Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director at Cork International Airport, said:

 

‘We’re delighted to see the Cork-Newcastle route with Aer Lingus Regional come into operation today.  The new enhanced service provides enormous potential for the south of Ireland, as the region looks to strengthen its business and tourism ties with key cities in the UK.  Cork Airport’s proximity to the Wild Atlantic Way and some of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions makes it an ideal destination for tourists from North East England.’

 

The airline, which aims to double passenger numbers to over two million over the next five years, has overseen a 32% rise in Aer Lingus Regional passenger numbers in the 2013.

 

Stobart Air now operates over 550 flights per week across 27 routes in Ireland, the UK and France.