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- Expansion of route network with new routes to Newcastle from Cork and Dublin and new service to Bristol from Shannon


- Ramping up of UK frequencies with increased services from Dublin to Aberdeen, Bristol, Cardiff and Glasgow and from Cork and Shannon to Manchester and Birmingham


- 70 new jobs created in 2013


- 10% rise in Regional passenger numbers in 2013


- 6 new aircraft in operation on key UK routes


Aer Arann, operator of Aer Lingus Regional has announced a strong year at the airline. The airline confirmed a 10% rise in Aer Lingus Regional passenger numbers in 2013 to 1.11 million, as the airline successfully extends its franchise to 2022.


Seán Brogan, Interim Chief Executive, Aer Arann outlined a number of advancements made at the airline over the past year completed in an effort to grow its customer base and route network, including:


Addition of five new routes: New routes were launched to Newcastle from Cork and Dublin and new service to Bristol from Shannon as well as Dublin to Manchester and Birmingham.  This resulted in a 37% year on year increase in passenger numbers to and from Dublin.


Expansion of services in 2013: The airline has increased frequencies on its Aberdeen, Bristol, Cardiff and Glasgow routes from Dublin. As well as increasing frequency on Birmingham and Manchester from both Cork and Shannon;


New routes in 2014: Commencing this summer, Aer Lingus Regional, will add Shannon Bristol and Cork Newcastle to its route network.


Key passenger milestone: A key milestone of 100,000 passengers will soon be reached on the popular Dublin -London Southend route in January.   Passenger numbers on the route are up 17% up from May to December 2013, compared to May to December in 2012.  The route opened in May 2012.


70 new jobs: the new jobs announced earlier in the year at the airlines Dublin and Shannon bases and cover a range of areas, including flight and cabin crew, engineering and support roles;


6 new aircraft in operation: as part of the ‘new beginning’ strategy, six new aircraft entered service from Dublin to all the major UK cities. New aircraft will commence operations from Cork in April 2014.


Move to T2: the airline successfully moved to Terminal 2 in Dublin airport. The move to Dublin airport’s newest terminal now facilitate Aer Lingus Regional customers linking to Aer Lingus’ transatlantic services in Terminal 2 – a significant and growing part of the business.


Commenting on the year at the European Regional Award winning airline, Mr Brogan said: “We began our ‘new beginning’ strategy in January 2013 and since then we’ve announced five new routes and expanded service on five others.  Six new aircraft have also come into operation 70 new staff have joined our team and the airline won a European Regional airline award - It’s been a busy year.”


Commenting on the addition of the Dublin and Cork Newcastle and Shannon Bristol routes to its network, Mr. Brogan said:


“These new routes further connect us with two of the UK’s largest cities and means that for the first time, the airline is servicing all of the main UK destinations from Ireland.


“These new routes allow UK passengers to pre-clear U.S Customs and Emigration in Ireland and connect to the US on to Aer Lingus mainline services.  2013 saw a 62% year-on-year increase in UK traffic connecting via Dublin and Shannon to existing routes in the United States with San Francisco and Toronto routes coming on stream from April as well increased frequency on flights from Shannon to Boston and New York.


Concluding, Mr Brogan said: “We have achieved a lot in the past year and come a long way, but much remains to be done. We will only continue to push forward into 2014 and maximise the opportunities that have been secured.”