Posted on: 31 May 2010 by Mark Howells
Aer Arann and Aer Lingus have jointly announced four new routes to the UK from Shannon in Phase Two of the airlines’ franchise agreement.
The announcement comes two months after the launch of franchise operations from Dublin and Cork.
From 1 July, Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann, will provide direct flights to Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Bristol from Shannon Airport. Flights to Manchester and Glasgow will operate seven days per week, while Bristol and Birmingham will operate every day except Saturdays.
Announcing the new routes, Aer Arann chief executive Paul Schütz remarked, “We are delighted to launch the second phase of our franchise operations with Aer Lingus in Shannon where we know there has been a strong demand for new UK direct services. We are providing a unique product that combines the best of both Aer Arann and Aer Lingus and offers both business and leisure passengers a quality service with excellent frequency.”
“In launching these routes we are responding to calls from the business and tourism sectors in the region and we plan to work with them to ensure the success of these routes and having achieved that to grow our presence in Shannon and to develop more new routes in the future,” he added.
Under the franchise agreement between the two airlines Aer Lingus Regional flights are operated by Aer Arann using its own ATR 72-500 aircraft and crew. All franchise flights are sold and distributed through Aer Lingus. Aer Arann assumes full operational and commercial responsibility for the services covered by the franchise agreement with Aer Lingus receiving a franchise fee.