Ramping up of UK frequencies with new routes to Manchester and Birmingham and expanded services to Edinburgh and Glasgow
Aer Arann plans to join Europe’s top tier of regional airlines by 2015 and to double its passenger numbers to over two million in five years, the company said today.
The airline also confirmed a 32% rise in Aer Lingus Regional passenger numbers in 2012, with total passenger growth of 16% in the past two years.
Announcing a ‘new beginning’ at the airline, Sean Brogan, Interim Chief Executive, Aer Arann outlined a package of measures to grow its customer base and route network, including:
Combined with existing Aer Lingus mainline services to Manchester and Birmingham, these new services will result in a significant ramping up of frequencies to two of the busiest routes on the Ireland to UK network. Specifically, services on the Dublin Birmingham route will go from three to six services per day while services on the Dublin Manchester routes will go from three to five per day.
It also means that the airline will be operating routes to the main UK cities. The Stobart Group is also advancing plans to add routes at London Southend airport.
Announcing the airline’s new beginning, Mr Brogan said: ‘Just over two years ago, we stared closure in the face. Now, we have the fundamentals in place to join Europe’s top tier of regional airlines.
‘The completion of our restructuring programme represents a new beginning for the airline. Our extended franchise agreement with Aer Lingus to 2022 gives us a firm foundation for growth, and the fleet renewal programme allows us to enhance the passenger offering further.’
Commenting on the addition of the Dublin Manchester and Dublin Birmingham routes to its network, Mr Brogan said:
‘These new routes connect us with two of the UK’s largest cities and means that for the first time, the airline is servicing all of the main UK destinations from Ireland.
‘These new routes will add over 120,000 passengers to our network this year, and it is our aim to increase this to 300,000 passengers by the end of next year. Taken with Aer Lingus’ existing services, it offers significant additional choice to all customers, especially business customers seeking same day returns.’
Concluding, Mr Brogan said: ‘We have come a long way in a short time, but much remains to be done. We will only continue to push forward positively if we maximise the opportunities that have been secured.’