Monday, August 19 14:10:18
Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann, today launched a new route to Newcastle Airport as the airline continues to implement its growth plan, designed to return the company to profitability in 2014.
The airline will operate two daily return flights to Newcastle from Dublin Airport, beginning 24 October, and aims to fly up to 65,000 passengers in the first year.
The airline, which aims to double passenger numbers to over two million over the next five years, has overseen a 32pc rise in Aer Lingus Regional passenger numbers in the past 12 months.
The new Newcastle route will be operated by one of the airlines new aircraft and Aer Lingus Regional have scheduled 26 flights between Dublin and Newcastle per week at prime times to facilitate a convenient day return for business and leisure passengers traveling to Dublin and those with onward connections to the US.
Aer Arann recently announced a package of measures to grow the airline as part of its 'new beginning' strategy which aims to return the company to profitability in 2014.
These measures included the launch of three new routes to Manchester, Birmingham and today, the addition of Newcastle to the airlines network.
Aer Arann's Chief Commercial Officer, Simon Fagan said that the addition of this new route to Newcastle is the next step in the growth of Aer Arann which provides further options for passengers flying to the North East of England.
"We are delighted to announce the launch of our newest route to Newcastle. This new route connects Aer Lingus Regional passengers with one of the UK's most vibrant cities and means that the airline is now serving nine major UK cities from Ireland. This new route will add up to 65,000 passengers to our network next year."