Posted on: 20 March 2014 by Mark Howells
Aer Arann is to change its corporate name to Stobart Air, a transition scheduled to be completed by the end of 2014, and one which marks the conclusion of the first phase of the airline’s ‘new beginning’ strategy.
The airline will continue to operate under the Aer Lingus Regional brand as part of its franchise agreement with Aer Lingus. Stobart Air's Irish operations will continue to be based at Northwood, Santry, next to Dublin Airport.
The next phase of its strategy will focus on additional franchise partnerships, building on its connection with another Stobart Group operation, London Southend Airport, as well as advancing growth with its other airport partners, including Dublin, Cork and Shannon.
Stobart Air aims to become a specialist in franchise or contract flying for major European airlines, and to double its passenger numbers within five years.
Commenting on the corporate name change, Sean Brogan, interim chief executive, Stobart Air, remarked, “Today, we operate 27 routes across Ireland, UK and France, with over 1.2 million annual passengers. Changing the corporate name is the next step in achieving our ambition to further expand our operations. Stobart Air positions the airline to explore new opportunities and add to our franchise network, particularly in the UK and mainland Europe.”