Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann, today 27 January, celebrated it 100,000th passenger on the London Southend to Dublin route. The route, launched in May 2012, has grown considerably over the past 19 months, flying over 100,000 passengers between London’s newest hub and Dublin. Aer Lingus Regional aims to continue to grow the route by 10 percent in the next 12 months.
Canan Dobson (27) from Epping was travelling on the 3.20pm Aer Lingus Regional flight to Dublin to visit her husband Oliver (30) who was completing a management course in Dublin for a few days. Mrs Dobson, a finance and HR executive, was greeted at Check-in with a bottle of champagne, and two return flights on the London Southend Dublin route. “This was a wonderful surprise. It’s my first time travelling to Dublin and I’m really thrilled with this prize,” said Mrs Dobson.
The airline also conducted a passenger survey of the route which found that 17 percent of passengers use the route more than twenty times a year.
The 100,000th passenger comes following a successful year at the airline, following a 10 percent rise in regional passenger numbers in 2013, commenting on the passenger milestone Simon Fagan, Chief Commercial Officer, Aer Arann said:
‘‘We are delighted to mark the 100,000th passenger today on this key route in the Aer Lingus Regional network. The route has grown significantly over the past year and we plan to grow this route by 10 percent later this year by servicing the route with a brand new larger aircraft. It is our aim now to continue to work hard to build on this success. We recently welcomed the arrival of the sixth new ATR plane, which will operate on the London Southend - Dublin route.
“London Southend to Dublin is an extremely popular route on our network, for both business and leisure passengers. We continue to see steady growth in traffic, with 100,000 passengers so far benefiting from an easy, efficient and accessible connection between Dublin and London Southend this year. This growth is aided by a frequent train service between the airport station and London city centre. Also a new terminal extension is due to open soon as part of the airport’s continuing commitment to provide excellent customer service as numbers to the airport grow.
“Another advantage to this route is that it allows UK passengers to pre-clear U.S Customs and Emigration in Dublin and connect to the US on to Aer Lingus mainline services.
“With a great schedule, new planes and more choice for passengers, we are working hard to deliver on our objective of further developing and growing passenger numbers on this route.
“Aer Lingus Regional is committed to providing its customers with easy, convenient regional connectivity and great value for money”, Mr Fagan concluded.
Speaking at the celebration of the 100,000th passenger of the Aer Lingus Regional service, David Lister, Operations Director of London Southend Airport said:
“As we celebrate the 100,000th passenger on Dublin service, with new larger aircraft being delivered, operating three daily services between the two vibrant cities we look forward to even more business and leisure passengers finding out that flying through London Southend Airport really is simply easier.”