Ireland based regional airline Aer Arann, which operates under the brand name of much bigger Irish carrier Aer Lingus, recently announced its plan to double passenger numbers over the next five years and become one of Europe’s top regional airlines by 2015.
The airline has extended its franchisee agreement, through which it operates as Aer Lingus Regional, with Aer Lingus through 2022. It is also replacing its existing older ATR72-200 and ATR42 planes with new ATR72-600 aircraft; the new fleet will be fully in place by summer 2014.
Aer Arann operating as Aer Lingus Regional will be increasing the frequency of flights from Dublin to Edinburgh and Dublin to Glasgow, with a total of six daily flights on each route. This summer, Aer Arann will begin flights from Dublin to Birmingham and Dublin to Manchester (England) to bolster Aer Lingus’ existing main-line services.