Courtesy: Paul Doyle 

Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann, today expanded services to Manchester with the launch of its first flight from Dublin to Manchester, the inaugural service was operated by EI-FAS ATR72-600 c/n 1083.

The airline will now operate two daily return flights to Manchester from Dublin Airport and aims to fly up to 40,000 extra passengers on the route this year.

Manchester is a key destination on the Aer Lingus Regional network with a 10% increase in passenger numbers to Manchester last year on routes from Cork and Shannon.

Aer Arann, operator of Aer Lingus Regional, recently announced a package of measures to grow the airline as part of its ‘new beginning’ strategy. These measures included the expansion of services to Manchester through a new route from Dublin Airport.

Aer Arann’s chief commercial officer Simon Fagan said “We noticed that a large part of the 10pc increase in passenger numbers last year were passengers flying for business between these two cities. With the launch of Dublin Manchester today we are now essentially providing a shuttle service with a flight going almost every two hours, both morning and evening – 18 flights a day between Manchester and Ireland. The additional flights will further facilitate connectivity to Aer Lingus services to the US, through Dublin.”  

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