Aer Arann expands UK-Eire air bridge
by Annie Byrne
IRELAND - Irish carrier Aer Arann is to expand its network with four new routes to the UK direct from regional Irish airports. The carrier has recently signed a franchise agreement with Aer Lingus to operate 12 routes between Ireland and the UK under the Aer Lingus regional brand. Derry will see flights between Manchester and Edinburgh Airport begin in May. “The routes are a sign of our growth in the Irish and UK markets,” says Aer Arann director Andrew Kelly.The Manchester service will operate seven days per week while the Edinburgh service will run six days per week. The Dublin service remains a double daily service. In Kerry, Aer Arann is re-introducing its Manchester route, operating four days per week from May. In Donegal, the current Glasgow Prestwick service has been replaced by a direct service to Glasgow Airport, and it has also launched a new direct service from Donegal Airport to Glasgow Airport.MD of Glasgow Airport, Amanda McMillan, says: "This is good news for business and tourism on both sides of the Irish Sea, and underlines our determination to improve connectivity between our two countries."