Aer Arann and Aer Lingus have announced a new direct service to Shannon from Birmingham

Wednesday 2, June 2010


Aer Arann and Aer Lingus have announced a new direct service to Shannon from Birmingham


From July 1st, Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann, will provide direct flights to Shannon from Birmingham six days per week with fares starting at £39.99 one way including taxes.



This latest announcement has been welcomed in both the Midwest of Ireland and Birmingham with the new service adding even more direct links between Ireland and Britain. Aer Arann also operates a direct service from Birmingham to Waterford in the south east of Ireland under its own operation. 


Announcing the new routes in Shannon Airport today, Aer Arann Chief Executive Paul Schütz said “We are delighted to launch the second phase of our franchise operations with Aer Lingus, including a direct link from Birmingham to the Midwest of Ireland. We are providing a unique product that combines the best of both Aer Arann and Aer Lingus and offers both business and leisure passengers a quality service with excellent frequency”. 


Also commenting on the announcement, Stephen Kavanagh, Chief Commercial Officer at Aer Lingus said “Aer Lingus Regional services have enjoyed strong support from customers in the short time since its launch. Aer Lingus welcomes the introduction of these additional services to Shannon and wishes Aer Arann continued success."


Joe Kelly, the Airport’s Deputy CEO said, “There’s a strong Irish market in the Midlands and the Shannon service will be particularly popular with leisure travellers. We’re delighted that Aer Arann will be operating the new route on behalf of Aer Lingus. Alongside Aer Arann’s Waterford service the carrier offers real choice to passengers travelling to Ireland.”


Under the franchise agreement between the two airlines Aer Lingus Regional flights are operated by Aer Arann using its own ATR 72-500 aircraft and crew.  All franchise flights are sold and distributed through Aer Arann assumes full operational and commercial responsibility for the services covered by the franchise agreement with Aer Lingus receiving a franchise fee.




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