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(Sunday, 27th March 2011) Aberdeen business and tourism received a welcome boost today as the first Aer Lingus Regional flight to Dublin, operated by Aer Arann, took to the skies from Aberdeen airport.
Operating under the franchise agreement between Aer Lingus, Ireland’s national carrier and Aer Arann, Ireland’s regional airline, today’s launch marks the first Aer Lingus Regional connection between Aberdeen and Ireland.
From today, Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann, will fly between Aberdeen and Dublin every day except Saturday and flights are available from £29.99 one way including taxes. All flights are available for booking on www.aerlingus.com.
To mark the celebrations, all passengers travelling on the first flight to Shannon today enjoyed a complimentary refreshments reception in the departure area prior to boarding. The first passengers were also treated to live traditional Irish music at the check-in and boarding gate areas.
Welcoming the departure of the first flight, Sinead Murphy, Marketing Manager, Aer Arann said, “We are delighted to introduce our new service from Aberdeen to Dublin today. This new service further improves the direct links between Scotland and Ireland for both business and leisure passengers.”
“Working with Aer Lingus, we look forward to welcoming more and more passengers on board from today and to continue to provide our customers with a quality service, ensuring excellent value and frequency”, she continued.
Commenting on the launch Aer Lingus Director of Communications Declan Kearney said, “Aer Lingus welcomes the introduction of the new service from Aberdeen to Dublin. It has enabled us to expand our route network between Scotland to Ireland. We wish Aer Arann continued success. “
Aberdeen Airport Managing Director Derek Provan said, “It is exciting for everyone at the airport to see the new service get underway. This route comes with many benefits, not only does it provide another connection to Dublin which is a very popular destination, but being able to clear US customs before you arrive on American soil creates an attractive proposition. It provides a terrific new hub choice and opens up North America to the North East of Scotland passenger. We wish them every success for the future.”
The new route will promote important business links between Dublin and Aberdeen as well as encouraging leisure and tourism travel between the two countries.
Passengers from Aberdeen can now benefit from the trans-Atlantic connection through Dublin to Aer Lingus New York flights and onwards throughout the United States. As well as the convenience of flying from their home airport connecting passengers from Aberdeen will also benefit from the new US Customs and Immigrations clearance facilities in Dublin that will allow them to arrive in the US as domestic passengers.
For Aer Lingus Regional bookings visit www.aerlingus.com.