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BHX-DUB goes 6x daily from June next year, three mainline and three regional.

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EI 262 0710 0815 M T W T F S S 31-Mar-2013 26-Oct-2013
EI 272 1315 1415 M T W T F S S 31-Mar-2013 26-Oct-2013
EI 276 1815 1915 M T W T F - S 31-Mar-2013 26-Oct-2013

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EI3264 0900 1020 M T W T F S S 01-Jun-2013 26-Oct-2013
EI3274 1700 1820 M T W T F S S 01-Jun-2013 26-Oct-2013
EI3278 2030 2150 M T W T F - S 01-Jun-2013 26-Oct-2013
 

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Basically as above with a night stopping ATR increasing Dublin to 6x daily.

Aer Arann extends Aer Lingus franchise deal until 2022


Aer Arann has said it is extending its franchise agreement with Aer Lingus until 2022. This will see the airline operate under the Aer Lingus Regional brand until the end of that year.

The airline also announced plans to double its passenger numbers to over two million in five years and to join Europe's top tier of regional airlines by 2015.

In a statement today, Aer Arann said it has completed a successful restructuring of the airline, which has put it on a ''strong financial footing''.

As part of a ''new beginning'' at the airline, it said that it will add two new routes to its services this summer. The new routes are from Dublin to Birmingham and Dublin to Manchester, which will increase its passenger numbers by 330,000 by the end of next year and bring the airline route network to 24.

It also announced plans to increase frequencies on its Dublin to Edinburgh and Glasgow routes
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Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann, has expanded services to Birmingham with the launch of its first flight from Dublin to Birmingham.

The airline will now operate three daily return flights to Birmingham from Dublin Airport and aims to fly up to 65,000 extra passengers on the route this year.

Birmingham is a key destination on the Aer Lingus Regional network with a 30% increase in passenger numbers to Birmingham last year - over 100,000 passengers flew to Birmingham on Aer Lingus Regional routes from Cork, Shannon and Ireland West Airport Knock in 2012.

Aer Arann, operator of Aer Lingus Regional, recently announced a package of measures to grow the airline as part of its ‘new beginning’ strategy. These measures included the expansion of services to Birmingham through a new route from Dublin Airport.

The airline aims to grow passenger numbers to 150,000 by the end of 2014.

Combined with existing Aer Lingus mainline services to Birmingham, these new services will double the number of flights to Birmingham per day - one of the busiest routes on the Ireland, UK network. The airlines now have the most frequencies between Ireland and the UK’s second city.

Aer Arann’s Chief Commercial Officer, Simon Fagan said that the addition of this route means that there is now a ‘shuttle service’ for business passengers flying between Ireland and Birmingham. "We noticed that a large part of the 30% increase in passenger numbers last year were passengers flying for business between these two cities. With the launch of Dublin Birmingham today we are now essentially providing a shuttle service with a flight going every two hours, both morning and evening - 20 flights a day between Birmingham and Ireland.

"The additional flights will further facilitate connectivity to Aer Lingus services to the US, through Dublin. Birmingham-based passengers can connect to the US via Dublin and avail of security and customs preclearance in Dublin airport - Ireland is the only country in Europe to offer passport and customs pre-clearance to US destinations."

As is part of the airline’s ‘new beginning’ strategy, which aims to position Aer Arann among Europe’s top tier of regional airlines, the airline recently collected the first of eight new planes in a contract valued at almost €144 million. The first of the new aircraft will operate the Birmingham route.
The airline, which aims to double passenger numbers to over two million over the next five years, has overseen a 32% rise in Aer Lingus Regional passenger numbers in the past 12 months.

Aer Arann operates 550 flights per week across 27 routes in Ireland, the UK and France.

Commenting on the launch of the first flight on this new route, Simon Fagan said: "This new route connects us with one of the UK’s largest cities and means that for the first time, the airline is servicing almost all of the main UK destinations from Ireland.

"These new routes will add up to 65,000 passengers to our network this year, and it is our aim to increase this to 150,000 passengers by the end of next year. Taken with Aer Lingus’ existing services, it offers significant additional choice to all customers, especially business customers seeking same day returns.

"Aer Lingus Regional is committed to providing its customers with easy, convenient regional connectivity and great value for money.

"We look forward to welcoming our passengers on board this new connection.”

Commenting on the first flight, Birmingham Airport’s CEO, Paul Kehoe said: "This expansion to Dublin from Birmingham will give passengers far greater flexibility and choice with this established airline brand.

Irish routes are extremely popular for both business and leisure travel from Birmingham and we’re delighted that Aer Lingus Regional has added a further three daily flights to provide this shuttle service between the two cities."
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Further to the above winter has now been loaded with Dublin remaining at 6x daily, 3x ATR72's and 3x A320's, the only change being the night stopping Sat inbound/Sun morning outbound does not operate.

Cork remains 2x daily ATR72.

Shannon remains a daily ATR42.

At the moment Knock looks to have been dropped for winter.

Ryanair have added a 4th daily flight on a Thursday throughout June making it 10x daily departures to Dublin on a Thursday, however the flight changes to Perpignan for July and August.
 

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EI262/3 drops to an A319 from next week every weekday until the end of the summer holidays.
 

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Aer Lingus Regional have added another DUB flight Mon-Fri throughout the winter making it 4x daily Sun-Wed, 5x daily Thur-Fri and 3x daily on Sat.
 

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Possible new route for the future to Belfast City.

Said Mike Rutter: "We have been delighted with our performance at Belfast City Airport. We are looking at another rotation to Gatwick first of all, and Heathrow too could soon possibly benefit from an extra flight in the day. As regards new services, we are looking at introducing routes like Birmingham or Manchester, while new destinations in Europe are always under consideration."
Full article: http://www.nitravelnews.com/trade-section.html#2
 

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Doesn't Flybe operate into Belfast City from BHX? If so I can't see the two airlines being able to compete effectively on the route.
 

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Flybe operate 7x daily into Belfast City and Easyjet operate 2/3x daily into Belfast International, if Aer Lingus do start I agree something will have to give.
 

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Birmingham Passengers Can Now Fast Track to Washington Through Dublin

Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, has announced details of the newest phase of its transatlantic strategy, allowing Birmingham-based passengers to fast track their journey to the United States through Dublin.

From 1 May 2015, passengers flying out of Birmingham Airport will be able to travel Aer Lingus to Washington-Dulles Airport via the Dublin Airport transatlantic hub.

Completing pre-clearance at Dublin Airport—operated by US Customs and Border staff—means that on arrival in the United States, Birmingham passengers will be treated similarly to domestic passengers and avoid delays of up to two hours at security checks.

Ireland is the only country in Europe to offer passport and customs pre-clearance to destinations in the United States.

The Dublin—Washington route will operate four times weekly. Passengers will be able to fly in the airline’s newly launched Business Class, featuring award-winning cabin service and luxurious reclining sleeper seats.

From summer 2015, Aer Lingus will also operate daily flights from Dublin to San Francisco and four weekly flights from Dublin to Orlando, which will allow greater flexibility for passengers travelling from Birmingham.

Commenting on this announcement, Simon Fagan, Chief Commercial Officer at Stobart Air, said:

“We are very pleased to continue facilitating our Birmingham-based customers with alternative routes to the United States. This service is designed to save passengers from Birmingham time on their transatlantic travel. Now local business and leisure passengers can travel to the American capital of Washington with greater speed and ease.”

William Pearson, Aviation Development Director at Birmingham Airport, said:

“Aer Lingus Regional operates several flights a day to Dublin from Birmingham, so this announcement is great news for our passengers, who can now fast-track their journey to the United States. This new service to Washington, via Dublin, gives Birmingham passengers even greater choice when looking to book flights to the USA.”
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Looks as if there is a possibility EIR may be about to pull out of SNN meaning we'll lose our flight. Ryanair have already seen them off the SNN route from MAN so here's hoping if they do pull out we may see Ryanair do the SNN route from BHX too.

Stobart Air (RE, Dublin Int'l) will abandon its Shannon base operations during 2015 Ireland's Clare Herald has revealed. Though the carrier has yet to officially confirm the move, the newspaper claims staff have been informed of the decision with options to either transfer to Stobart's Dublin Int'l primary hub or to take redundancy.

At present, Stobart's Shannon services include flights to Birmingham Int'l, Bristol Int'l, and Edinburgh operating as Aer Lingus Regional under a franchise agreement with Aer Lingus
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Aer Lingus will be touring nine British cities over the next two months promoting their transatlantic services via DUB and in particular preclearance. The first one is in Bristol tomorrow.

Dublin Airport and Aer Lingus have joined forces to kick off a marketing campaign to promote flying from Britain to North America via Dublin Airport.

“Transferring at Dublin is a great product which British passengers are experiencing in growing numbers,” according to Mr Harrison. “These events will bring that message to a wider audience and we’re delighted to be working with Aer Lingus to promote Dublin as a transatlantic hub in the British market.”

According to Mr Harrison, using Dublin to connect is a faster, more efficient, and more pleasant option than connecting via a continental European airport, or by travelling by road or rail to a larger British Airport.

“Flying with Aer Lingus to North America via Dublin, saves money, saves time and saves stress versus London,”
Full article: http://www.routesonline.com/news/29/bre ... gn=the-hub
 

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Talking of Aer Lingus, if they do join IAG, will BHX have another Oneworld Member or are they not joining that group. Vueling are part of IAG but not Oneworld, am i correct ??????
 

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You are correct Vueling are owned by IAG but not in Oneworld. The deal for Aer Lingus won't mean they automatically join Oneworld, just that IAG will own them.
 

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Shannon now bookable from 15th June daily except Saturday.

While an official announcement is expected tomorrow it is known the company will recommence services on one of the three routes it operated up to January 5.
The link between Shannon and Birmingham will resume on June 18 and will operate six times a week.
Stobart Air says it believes that passenger demand is there and that, along with Shannon and Birmingham Airports, it will "make a major push to mobilise a positive passenger response on this new route".
Shannon Group plc has welcomed the news saying: “We are very pleased to welcome back Stobart Air on this route. This announcement is really positive news for Shannon and our passengers.”
When the Aer Lingus franchise partner closed its Shannon base, a total of 20 weekly flights to Birmingham, Bristol and Edinburgh were lost.
Full article: http://www.breakingnews.ie/business/sto ... 68735.html
 

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The BHX press release.

Aer Lingus Regional to Recommence Birmingham - Shannon Flights

Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, has announced that the airline is to recommence its Birmingham to Shannon service, beginning in June.

The airline will operate six return flights per week, every day except Saturday and prices start from £29.99 one way including taxes.

William Pearson, aviation development director at Birmingham Airport, said: “We’re delighted to welcome back this Birmingham –Shannon service, operated by Aer Lingus Regional. We know the demand is there so it’s great to see the airline respond by re-introducing this popular route.

“The strong links that exist between the two regions and the choice offered to passengers, allowing them to return the same day, makes this service a very welcome addition to our existing network of flights to Ireland.”

The route will provide a convenient and accessible connection to some of Ireland’s most scenic regions including Clare, Galway and Limerick for Birmingham-based passengers.

Commenting, Ronan Whitty, Head of Revenue Management at Stobart Air said that the airline was delighted to recommence the Aer Lingus Regional service from Birmingham to Shannon which is a popular route for passengers.

"The passenger demand for this service is there, and together with our colleagues at Birmingham Airport, we will make a major push to develop and growth this route, particularly ahead of our busy summer season.

"Birmingham is one of Britain’s most popular cities for Irish passengers. Recommencing the route will once again facilitate travel for business and leisure passengers - providing a gateway to one of Ireland’s most commercial, scenic and cultural regions for UK passengers and a direct and convenient link for Irish passengers travelling to the UK.

"We look forward to welcoming passengers on board" he said.
https://www.birminghamairport.co.uk/med ... n-flights/
 

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S15 - Stobart Air (Aer Lingus Regional)

The Shannon service will now utilise the Cork aircraft, with a revised earlier departure from Cork at 15:00.

15:00 ORK - BHX 16:30/16:55 BHX - SNN 18:35/19:00 SNN - BHX 20:35/21:05 BHX - ORK 22:40 (SUN-FRI)
 

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