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A new airline linking parts of the UK with Ireland will start with 340 flights a week

Irish carrier Aer Lingus and regional operator Emerald Airlines have announced a range of UK routes to launch in the spring.

Flights operated under a franchise agreement by Emerald Airlines will begin on March 17 as Aer Lingus Regional. Emerald Airlines will operate more than 340 flights a week on 11 routes with fares from £25.99 and further service announcements in the coming weeks.

Emerald is still recruiting staff to work on the new venture, which includes high-frequency routes, such as Dublin-Edinburgh and Dublin-Glasgow, served up to four times a day.

Regional routes will also resume, with the new airline becoming the sole carrier operating flights between Ireland and Cornwall Newquay, Exeter and the Isle of Man.

Emerald Airlines’ services will significantly increase connectivity between the UK, Ireland and the US, and accelerate Aer Lingus’ strategy to develop Dublin as a hub airport.



Cornwall Newquay Airport will be among the new destinations

Lynne Embleton, Managing Director of Aer Lingus, said: “It has been a pleasure to work with the Emerald Airlines team to accelerate this partnership and start operations 10 months ahead of the original schedule.

“We all look forward to welcoming our customers on board Aer Lingus regional services.”

Conor McCarthy, Director of Emerald Airlines, added: “We are delighted to be able to start operations under our franchise agreement with Aer Lingus well ahead of schedule, in line with the resumption of customer demand. The time has come for Emerald Airlines to begin operations under the Aer Lingus Regional brand, and we truly look forward to welcoming our customers on board our flights.

“Our customer-focused schedules will provide choice, convenience and great value for regional and transatlantic air travel.”

This announcement is a big boost for connectivity from Ireland to the UK including cities like Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Bristol, Leeds and the Isle of Man with routes to other UK destinations planned . The flights will be operated by Emerald Airlines’ fleet of ATR72-600s.

Recruitment is ongoing at Emerald Airlines with more information on available positions on the Emerald Airlines Careers page. For more information on fares and flight times, and to book, visit aerlingus.com.

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