Tuesday, September 02 11:33:21
Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, today announced the addition of a new route to its network today, with flights to Leeds Bradford due to begin on 23 October.
The expansion comes after both a Shannon to Bristol and Cork to Newcastle service was launched earlier this year.
Today's announcement is the first time that Aer Lingus has operated flights to Leeds Bradford in 14 years.
Aer Lingus Regional expects to carry up to 70,000 customers annually on the new route and will operate all services on the company's brand new fleet of regional aircraft. All flights to/from Leeds Bradford will operate from Aer Lingus's hub at Dublin Airport's Terminal 2.
The route will offer daily return services to accommodate business passengers travelling to Dublin and will enable UK-based passengers to connect to Aer Lingus mainline transatlantic services to New York, Boston, Chicago, Orlando, San Francisco and Toronto.
Speaking today, Mr Julian Carr, Managing Director of Stobart Air, said that the launch of the route marks a significant milestone for Aer Lingus Regional.
"We are delighted to announce the launch of this new route from Dublin Airport, offering more destinations, choice and convenience for Aer Lingus Regional customers travelling between Ireland and the UK. We hope this service will continue to facilitate the long-established Irish community which has thrived near the city centre of Leeds for nearly 200 years. Equally, the new route will enable UK-based passengers to connect with Aer Lingus mainline services in Dublin where they can pre-clear security and customs for some of the main US cities, in advance of making their onward trip. It is estimated that this service will save passengers up to two hours on arrival at US destinations," he said.
"Aer Lingus Regional is committed to providing our customers with easy, convenient and great value in regional connections. We look forward to welcoming our passengers on board this new route," Mr Carr added.
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