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Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann, is on track to fly 300,000 passengers on its Cork routes in 2014 according to its Chief Commercial Officer. The airline recently reported a return to growth on its Cork routes by 8 percent in January.
The recent growth in demand has resulted in the airline commissioning its newest aircraft to service its Cork routes ahead of schedule. The new aircraft is part of Aer Lingus Regional’s €40 million investment in its Cork service. The aircraft features more comfortable seating and larger storage space for carry-on luggage for passengers.
As part of the airline’s continuing commitment to Cork, Aer Lingus Regional has allocated its two newest aircraft to service the its expanded Cork routes as well as its new route to Newcastle, which launches on 28th March.
Commenting on the deployment of the new aircraft to Cork Airport, Simon Fagan, Commercial Director at Aer Lingus Regional said:
‘We made a range of strategic decisions last year to better position the airline for growth. In Cork, we are on track to fly over 300,000 passengers travelling this year. Our focus on providing high frequency services, and our new Cork route to Newcastle will come into operation on 28th March and are expansion services to Manchester, Bristol and Glasgow are gaining traction.
‘Aer Lingus Regional is committed to investing in its Cork routes. Recently we promised to enhance the customer experience for our Cork passengers and this new aircraft is part of our commitment to do so. As part of our €40 million investment programme, we have deployed our two newest aircraft to service Cork.’
Commenting on the new aircraft, Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director of Cork Airport said:
‘I am delighted with Aer Lingus Regional’s latest investment in its routes operating out of Cork Airport. The new aircraft will enhance passenger experience on a variety of routes and its on-board facilities will offer Cork customers the comfort and convenience they deserve. We look forward to working with Aer Lingus Regional to further grow the route network from Cork Airport.’