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Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann, has announced it will add 2,000 extra seats to selected popular routes. The extra seats have been added to the flight schedule and are now on sale to meet the demand for the Christmas season.
The airline has added seats from Dublin Airport to Edinburgh, Bristol, Aberdeen, London Southend, Cardiff and Newcastle, from Cork Airport to Bristol and Edinburgh and from Shannon Airport to Edinburgh and Manchester to support demand.
The airline aims to carry over 75,000 passengers between 17 December and 6 January, an increase of over 12% on the same period last year.
Aer Arann, operator of Aer Lingus Regional, recently announced a package of measures to grow the airline as part of its ‘new beginning’ strategy. These measures included the launch of three new routes to Manchester, Birmingham and Newcastle from Dublin, and the introduction of eight new aircraft, in a contract valued at almost €144 million.
The airline will receive the fifth and sixth new aircraft, in time for the Christmas rush which will operate the Dublin to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bristol and Newcastle routes.
The airline, which aims to double passenger numbers to over two million over the next five years, expects a 30% increase in UK passengers flying to/from the US, via Dublin over the festive break, with Boston and Chicago especially popular destinations this Christmas.
Aer Arann’s Chief Commercial Officer, Simon Fagan said that the addition of these extra seats is the next step in the growth of Aer Arann which provides further options for passengers flying home for Christmas.
‘‘We are seeing a notable rise in passenger bookings, more than we have experienced in previous Christmas periods. A rise in passengers travelling with Aer Lingus Regional reflects the growth we have achieved, the additional routes on our network, and the improvements in service added over the past year. We are confident of continuing this upward trend in 2014.
“We are responding to the increased demand by adding additional flights into each of the Irish based airports we service, specifically on routes from cities like Manchester and London Southend for football, Edinburgh for the Hogmanay celebrations and Newcastle for Christmas shopping.
“We have pinpointed the 23rd of December as the busiest day for incoming passenger traffic over the festive period, with more people set to travel home on this day than any other this Christmas. Our team will be working flat out to ensure that they enjoy the best possible customer experience”, added Mr Fagan.