Aer Lingus Regional’s service to Dublin ‘takes off’
- Airline expects to carry 70,000 passengers on new route in 2015.
- Leeds Bradford key addition to Aer Lingus Regional route network as airline serves 13 major UK cities and are on track to carry 1.31million passengers in 2014.
- Airline reports strong growth in connections from UK to North America via Dublin Airport
- Leeds Bradford recorded the highest level of demand for connections to the US (via Dublin) out of all regions served by Aer Lingus Regional last week
Aer Lingus Regional’s new service to Dublin Airport, operated by Stobart Air, has commenced from Leeds Bradford.
The airline will operate two daily return flights between Leeds Bradford and Dublin and expects to carry 70,000 passengers on the route in 2015.
The Leeds Dublin route will be serviced by the airline’s newest aircraft which were delivered brand new in June this year and will operate to and from Dublin’s newest terminal – Aer Lingus’ hub – T2 at Dublin Airport.
This is the first time in 14 years that Aer Lingus will operate a Leeds to Dublin service and the schedule has been designed to accommodate a day return for business and leisure passengers, offering convenient morning and evening flights.
Speaking in Leeds Bradford as the inaugural flight departed for Dublin, Simon Fagan, Chief Commercial Officer, Stobart Air said that bookings have been strong since adding Leeds to the Aer Lingus Regional route network earlier this year.
‘Over 5,000 seats have been sold on the new route and we continue to add key UK destinations like Leeds Bradford to ensure we provide choice, value and convenience for our customers. Aer Lingus Regional serves 13 major UK cities from Ireland and are on track to carry 1.31million passengers this year,’ he said.
This route will provide a link to the US through Dublin for Leeds-based passengers who can conveniently connect to Aer Lingus mainline transatlantic services. This includes flights to New York, Boston, Chicago, Orlando, San Francisco and Toronto.
Last week, Leeds Bradford recorded the highest level of demand for connections to the US (via Dublin) out of all the 13 UK regions served by Aer Lingus Regional.
Dublin Airport provides customs and security pre-clearance for passengers travelling to the US which means they are treated as domestic passengers on arrival and so avoid long delays often associated with security checks in the US.
Dublin and Shannon are the only airports in Europe to offer this service.
‘We’re witnessing a strong growth in passengers travelling from the UK to North America via Dublin and this is a major and growing part of our business. The US security pre-clearance service is a significant benefit and many UK passengers are choosing to fly via Dublin for this reason,’ Mr Fagan said.
John Parkin, Chief Executive of Leeds Bradford International Airport, added: We are delighted to see the return of Aer Lingus services at Leeds Bradford. The convenient schedule allowing for a day return to Dublin is sure to be popular with business travellers. Passengers flying onwards to North America will find the connecting flight schedules alongside security pre clearance at Dublin provides an attractive transatlantic flight option.
‘We’re delighted to see another new route added to our network today which is part of the growth of our airline and reflects the ongoing success of our franchise partnership with Aer Lingus.
‘Leeds Bradford is a popular destination and we look forward to welcoming passengers on board and growing this route further,’ Mr Fagan concluded.
For further information:
Tony Hallwood Leeds Bradford Press Office 07793 709188 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Regan 00353 1 637 1777 / 00353 86 8963312 email@example.com
Fares: One-way fares to Dublin start from as low as €24.99 and £24.99, including taxes and charges and are available to book on aerlingus.com.
Leeds Bradford International Airport
Leeds Bradford International Airport is Yorkshire’s international gateway airport and was one of the fastest growing UK airports in 2013. Serving over 70 direct destinations across 24 countries flying with 11 major airlines, LBA supports the growth and development of the Leeds City region, the largest metropolitan region outside London with a population of 3 million. Leeds the UK’s 3rd largest city and it’s city region is home to the largest financial, legal and professional services cluster outside of London/SE, alongside the well-established manufacturing and food and drink sectors and the fast growing healthcare and digital industries. Leeds Bradford Airport recently completed an £11 million terminal investment and plays an important role delivering air links worldwide for the business and tourism sectors alongside supporting new inward investment opportunities to the region working with a diverse range of regional stakeholders.
About Stobart Air
Stobart Air, a franchise flying specialist, operates over 700 flights per week across 34 routes from 24 departure points throughout the UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Holland and Ireland. The airline, which employs 420 people, operates services for Flybe and Aer Lingus under franchise flying agreements. Stobart Air is owned by the Stobart Group along with other investors. Stobart Group’s aviation assets comprise London Southend Airport; Carlisle Lake District Airport; Stobart Air; plus air freight, maintenance and airport services.
[quote_box_left]From left to right – John Parkin Chief Executive LBA, Tony Hallwood, LBA Aviation Development Director, Simon Fagan Chief Commercial Officer Stobart Air celebrate the new service to Dublin with an oversize shamrock cake.[/quote_box_left]
[quote_box_right]From left to right – Tony Hallwood, LBA Aviation Development Director , Julian Carr Managing Director Stobart Air, John Parkin Chief Executive LBA, Simon Fagan Chief Commercial Officer Stobart Air on the apron at LBA before the first departure to Dublin[/quote_box_right]
[quote_box_right]LBA provides a ‘Water Arch’ welcome for the first Aer Lingus arrival from Dublin.[/quote_box_right]