Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, enjoyed its sixteenth month of consecutive growth in October 2014, according to new figures released by the airline.
Between January and October 2014, 1,137,239 passengers flew with Aer Lingus Regional, an additional 197,000 passengers, or 21% more, than the same period in 2013. In October alone, passenger numbers were up 9% on the same month last year.
There was 13% growth on the Dublin to Glasgow route in October 2014 compared to the same month last year, due to new aircraft, and improved flight frequencies and schedules better aligned to business hours. Demonstrating this commitment to Glasgow, the airline will provide additional flights for the Ireland versus Scotland game today.
Dublin to Kerry experienced its eighth consecutive month of growth, with a 22% increase in passenger numbers, a figure helped by connecting traffic to North America via the Dublin Airport transatlantic hub.
The airline’s Cork base enjoyed its seventh consecutive month of growth, flying 10% more passengers than October last year. 20,000 additional passengers were flown in the summer months, a growth of 13% on summer 2013.
Aer Lingus Regional also hailed the Dublin to Newcastle route as a resounding success, as it completed its first full year of service with 70,000 passengers flown. Elsewhere, the Dublin to Leeds Bradford route commenced in October, with full inaugural flights and strong initial demand for connections to North America.
There was 10% growth on the Dublin to Isle of Man route last month, due to midterm break and Bank Holiday.
Julian Carr, Managing Director at Stobart Air, said:
“We are, once again, pleased with Aer Lingus Regional’s continuous growth. This is the direct result of frequent, reliable services to key cities in the UK. We are especially pleased by the clear success of the Dublin to Newcastle route after a full year of service, and we are equally encouraged by the very positive commencement of the Dublin to Leeds Bradford route.”
Stobart Air is the franchise flying partner to leading Irish carrier Aer Lingus and more recently, international carrier Flybe, operating its services from London’s newest gateway, London Southend Airport, to six key European destinations.