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Thursday 1st July:The first of the Aer Arann and Aer Lingus franchise flights took to the skies today; just over four weeks after the services were announced.
From today Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann, will provide direct flights to Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Bristol from Shannon Airport. Flights to Manchester and Glasgow will operate seven days per week, while Bristol and Birmingham will operate every day except Saturdays.
Pictured at the inaugural Aer Lingus Regional flight to Birmingham from Shannon today were( L to R) Aer Arann crew Nikki Raftery from Ennis Sarah Baggott from Limerick Maeve King and Arlene O Halloran from Ennis.
The first flight of the day was the 7am departure to Birmingham and to mark the celebration all passengers travelling on the flight were treated to a complimentary breakfast reception in the departures area prior to boarding.
Speaking at Shannon Airport this morning following the first departure Aer Arann Corporate Affairs Director Andrew Kelly said “Today signifies a new chapter both for us and for our franchise partner, and indeed for Shannon Airport as we celebrate the first flights under phase two of this franchise agreement.
We hope that the success of phase one of the franchise is emulated here in Shannon over the coming months with more and more passengers taking advantage of the choice, flexibility and convenience that these services have to offer” he added.
Also commenting on the announcement, Aer Lingus Director of Communications Declan Kearney said “Aer Lingus Regional services have enjoyed strong support from customers in the short time since their launch. Aer Lingus welcomes the introduction of these additional services from Shannon and wishes Aer Arann continued success.”
Director of Shannon Airport Martin Moroney said “We are delighted to be working with Aer Arann and Aer Lingus as part of this new franchise arrangement. The launch of these new services is not only good news for the airport but also for the region as it offers Irish travelers regular low cost access to the UK in addition to providing the West of Ireland tourism sector with the opportunity to increase the number of UK visitors to the region. I wish Aer Lingus Regional every success and look forward to working with them in the coming months”.
Flights to Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow and Manchester with Aer Lingus Regional start from €29.99 one way including taxes. For further flight information and to make a booking visit www.aerlingus.com
Pictured boarding the inaugural Aer Lingus Regional flight to Birmingham from Shannon today was Rónán Berrow from Kilrush, Co. Clare. Also pictured are Aer Arann crew Nikki Raftery from Ennis and Sarah Baggott from Limerick