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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.’