Monday 31st May: Aer Arann and Aer Lingus today announced a new direct service to Shannon from Manchester in Phase Two of the airlines franchise agreement. The announcement comes just two months after the launch of franchise operations from Dublin and Cork.

From July 1st, Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann, will provide direct flights to Shannon from Manchester, as well as Glasgow, Birmingham and Bristol. Flights to Manchester will operate seven days per week with fares starting at €39.99 one way including taxes. Flights can be booked on www.aerlingus.com and are on sale from Wednesday 2nd June.

This latest announcement has been welcomed in both the Midwest of Ireland and Manchester with the new service adding even more direct links between Ireland and Britain. Aer Arann also operates direct services from Manchester to Galway, Kerry and Waterford 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 Manchester 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."

Andrew Harrison, Commercial Director for Manchester Airport, said: “Aer Arann’s connections to Manchester have been performing strongly and we’re pleased they’re adding another service. As the gateway to the North West, passengers will be able to access the city of Manchester and areas right across the North West for both business and leisure.”

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 www.aerlingus.com. Aer Arann assumes full operational and commercial responsibility for the services covered by the franchise agreement with Aer Lingus receiving a franchise fee.

Published on: 14/06/2010 12:39:23