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(Wednesday, 1st February 2012) Aer Arann today announced the addition of 2 new Aer Lingus Regional routes and increased frequencies on 9 of its existing routes as it unveiled details of its summer flight schedule.
The two new Aer Lingus Regional routes which will be operated by Aer Arann under its franchise agreement with Aer Lingus are Dublin-Bournemouth effective from 1st May and Shannon-Rennes effective from 9th June.
The new Dublin-Bournemouth Aer Lingus Regional service will operate 6 times a week; every day except Saturday. There will be an afternoon flight from Dublin at 2.30pm and an early evening service from Bournemouth at 4.20pm. These flight times offer business and leisure passengers a full day in each destination and are ideal for a weekend break. Flights start from €29.99 one way including taxes and are available for booking on www.aerlingus.com.
The new Aer Lingus Regional Shannon-Rennes service will operate as a summer seasonal route from 9th June to 1st September. The weekly flights will depart Shannon every Saturday providing convenient connections to this stunning Northern France holiday destination. Passengers travelling from France will now have direct access to Ireland’s Atlantic west coast which will provide a welcome boost for tourism in Shannon and its surrounding regions.
The new schedule will also see the return of the already popular Aer Lingus Regional Dublin-Rennes and Cork-Rennes summer services. The Cork-Rennes flights will increase from 1 to 2 per week due to increased demand. Weekly Saturday services will operate from 5th May to 8th September and an additional Tuesday Cork-Rennes service will operate from 12th June to 4th September.
Similarly, the Dublin-Rennes service will operate weekly on Saturdays from 5th May to 8th September with additional services being added on Tuesdays and Saturdays between 12th June and 4th September. Flights for all Rennes services start from €45.99 one way including taxes and are available for booking on www.aerlingus.com.
Aer Arann is also re-introducing its popular Aer Lingus Regional Cork-Jersey service for summer 2012. Flights are available from just €45.99 one way including taxes on www.aerlingus.com and will operate twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 5th May to 9th September.
In total, Aer Arann will increase frequencies on nine of its Aer Lingus Regional services to the following destinations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Blackpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and Rennes.
The Aer Lingus Regional Dublin-Edinburgh service will increase from 13 to 21 services per week while Dublin-Glasgow increases from 26 to 30 flights per week.
Aer Lingus Regional services operated by Aer Arann between Aberdeen-Dublin, Blackpool-Dublin and Shannon-Edinburgh have all been increased to a daily service enabling improved business and leisure connections.
From 1st May, in addition to the extra Cork-Rennes flights, services on the Aer Lingus Regional Cork-Manchester routes will increase from 14 to16 per week, Cork-Edinburgh will increase from 7 to 11 services per week and Cork-Birmingham will increase from 14 to 17 services per week.
The Aer Lingus Regional Dublin-Cardiff service will remain at 13 flights per week but passengers will benefit from improved timings and connections from Dublin to the United States.
Commenting on the 2012 summer schedule, Aer Arann’s Director of Corporate Affairs Andrew Kelly said, “Aer Arann is committed to providing its customers with easy, convenient regional connectivity and great value for money. The introduction of these new services and increased frequencies will bring a welcome boost to tourism in each region and will significantly benefit business travel. We look forward to welcoming our passengers on board all of our Aer Lingus Regional services this summer.”
Welcoming today’s announcement Declan Kearney, Aer Lingus Director of Communications, said, “We are delighted to see the Aer Lingus Regional services go from strength to strength and we wish Aer Arann continued success with the operation of its new and existing services for summer 2012.”
Under a franchise agreement between the two airlines Aer Lingus Regional flights are operated by Aer Arann using its own ATR aircraft and crew. All franchise flights are sold and distributed through www.aerlingus.com.