Aer Lingus Regional announces further growth in passenger numbers

Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, has enjoyed its 14th consecutive month of growth in passenger numbers.

The airline carried 143,943 passengers in August, a 19% increase on the same month in 2013.

More than 900,000 passengers have been flown on the Aer Lingus Regional network since the beginning of the calendar year, an increase of 176,000 (24%) passengers compared to the same period in 2013.

Passenger traffic at Dublin Airport experienced another record month with numbers up 22% in August compared to the same month last year.

In Cork, passenger numbers were up for the fifth consecutive month (13% increase) while Shannon Airport passenger figures were up 49%.

Dublin routes to Manchester, Newcastle, Bristol, Glasgow and Edinburgh were particularly strong due high volumes of connecting traffic to and from destinations in North America and the return of Premier League football.

The summer services from Dublin and Cork to Rennes and Jersey were up 26% on last year.

Passenger numbers were also up on the airline’s Dublin – Kerry service by 3%, its sixth consecutive month of growth.

Aer Lingus Regional also reported a 32% growth in UK passengers transferring to transatlantic flights at Dublin and Shannon airports in the year to date.

The airline recently launched its new service from Dublin to Leeds Bradford.

Commenting on another month of successes, Simon Fagan, chief commercial officer, Stobart Air, said: “I am delighted that Aer Lingus Regional has had a third consecutive month of record breaking passenger numbers, and a 14th consecutive month of growth.

“We have broken the 140,000 mark in passenger numbers for the second time.

“Since the start of the year, the airline has flown over 900,000 passengers, 176,000 more than this time last year. Passengers are continuing to respond to our strong route network and the connectivity we offer to mainline Aer Lingus services.

“From next month we will be operating our new Dublin – Leeds Bradford service which will enable more passengers to avail of easy transatlantic connectivity at Dublin Airport.

“We are very encouraged by the continuing growth in passengers from the UK transferring to Aer Lingus’s transatlantic services out of Dublin and Shannon. It’s becoming very clear that Dublin Airport’s US customs and preclearance service is resonating with our UK-based passengers.”

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