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Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann, has reported a 25% increase in passenger bookings to Ireland so far this festive season.
The airline will carry over 55,000 passengers between 17 December and 6 January, an increase of 25% on the same period last year.
The airline is responding to additional demand by adding extra flights on key routes flying into Dublin, Cork and Shannon
Over 90% of customers booked directly at aerlingus.com.
The airline predicted that 21 December will be the most popular day to fly home over Christmas, with 27 December anticipated to be the busiest day for outbound flights from Ireland with Aer Lingus Regional.
Commenting on the numbers, Aer Lingus Regional’s Chief Commercial Officer, Simon Fagan said:
‘We are seeing a notable rise in passenger bookings, more than we have experienced in previous Christmas periods. A 25% 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 2013.
‘We are responding to the increased demand by adding additional flights, specifically on routes from Manchester, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Bristol.
‘We have pinpointed 21 December as the busiest day 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’, concluded Mr Fagan.