Aer Lingus Regional cabin crew Amy Scott, left, and Calvin Long, right, along with acting CEO Mary Considine and CBS Sexton Street Pipe Band members Aoife McDarby, Niamh Hickey and Clodagh Purcell
SHANNON has received a major boost with the lift off today of the popular regional service to Edinburgh.
The return of the Stobart Air operated Aer Lingus Regional flight will result in an additional 35,000 seats for Shannon Airport in 2016, rising to 45,000 per annum from 2017.
The route was one of several axed in January of last year and now former Shannon Group CEO Neil Pakey had targeted the return of the UK regional services in the past year, with the Scottish capital at the top of the list.
The new route will operate six times weekly and was launched this Wednesday.
“We are delighted to return services to Shannon Airport. Edinburgh is one of Europe’s most popular weekend destinations, and is renowned for its incredible architecture, historic castle and world class arts festivals,” said Martin Saxton, Chief Commercial Officer at Stobart Air.
“The new route means that Aer Lingus Regional now serves 31 routes across Ireland, the UK and France, and reflects the ongoing success of our franchise partnership with Aer Lingus.
“We are also particularly excited to be able to offer our passengers based in Edinburgh an easy, convenient and great value means to connect to Aer Lingus’s transatlantic services to the US via Shannon. Customers can save hours of travel time and queuing in US airports by availing of US customs and border pre-clearance facilities in Shannon Airport prior to boarding,” he added.
Shannon’s acting CEO Mary Considine said the resumption of the service was “a great boost for Shannon Airport and the region”.
“Edinburgh was one of the most requested services not on our schedule last year and the restoration of this service was a key goal for Shannon Airport,” she said.
“Edinburgh is a hugely popular destination for our passengers and we are also expecting strong inbound demand. We have no doubt that it will be a huge success and it’s timing is excellent, just ahead of St. Patrick’s Day and the commencement of the summer season at the beginning of April.”