IRISH AIRLINE AER Arann has announced a “new beginning” with more routes and an expansion of its services this year.
The company said it plans to double its passenger numbers over the next three years. The airline also confirmed a 32 per cent rise in Aer Lingus Regional passenger numbers in 2012, with total passenger growth of 16 per cent in the past two years.
Its franchise agreement with Aer Lingus will now be extended which will see Aer Arann operate under the Aer Lingus Regional brand until the end of 2022.
The new package of measures to grow its customer base include two new routes starting this summer to Manchester and Birmingham. These new routes are expected to add over 120,000 passengers to the network in 2013.
Aer Arann will also be taking delivery of eight new aircraft to add to its fleet with the full fleet expected to be operational in summer 2014.
The airline said a successful restructuring of the company has been completed, “putting the airline on a strong financial footing”. Sean Brogan, Interim Chief Executive said the restructuring programme represents “a new beginning for the airline”.