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Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann, has announced it will add extra seats to 14 flights from Dublin to London Southend Airport on 28, 29 and 30 May, 2013.
The extra seats have been added to meet the demand of soccer supporters flying to London for the England versus Ireland game on Wednesday 29 May. The airline expects to fly up to 1,000 passengers in the three days surrounding the friendly.
The airline has added 400 extra seats to its schedule which operates three daily return flights from Dublin Airport to London Southend to meet demand for the game.
Launched last May, Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann, has flown almost 55,000 passengers on this popular route, with record monthly passenger numbers of 6,000 this month, a 10% increase on previous record numbers in July 2012.
Commenting, Simon Fagan, Chief Commercial Officer, Aer Arann said:
‘We are always looking at ways to improve our customers’ experience by offering more choice, great value and further convenience.
‘We are responding to increased demand by adding extra seats to the Dublin Airport to London Southend Airport route. This move will ensure choice for our customers flying to Dublin for the soccer.
‘We recently marked the first year of our Dublin to London Southend route, and it is increasing in popularity for both business and leisure passengers.
‘We have seen steady growth in traffic since its launch last May, with almost 55,000 passengers benefiting from an easy, efficient and accessible connection between Dublin and London.
‘We collected the first of our eight new aircraft, part of a €144m deal with ATR, this month which has serviced this important route to London’s newest hub.
‘With our new improved schedule times, its direct rail link and fast and frequent train services to Liverpool Street Station, London Southend Airport has proved to be a convenient option for flying to London.’
London Southend Airport Managing Director Alastair Welch said:
‘It is great to work with airlines which are flexible enough to make adjustments where necessary to suit customer needs.
The additional capacity which Aer Lingus Regional is providing between Dublin and London Southend will allow many more football supporters the opportunity to visit the UK and soak up the atmosphere of this fantastic sporting occasion.’