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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.’