New Aberdeen link to Dublin and the United States
Aer Arann and Aer Lingus have announced a new Aer Lingus Regional route between Aberdeen and Dublin from next March with onward connection options to the United States.
The next phase of the franchise agreement between the two airlines will see the addition of a sixth Aer Arann ATR 72 aircraft to the Aer Lingus Regional fleet and new services between Ireland and the UK including the new Aberdeen to Dublin link.
Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann will fly every day except Saturday and the 6 weekly flights will boost leisure and tourism travel in both directions between Scotland and the Irish capital.
Aberdeen currently has no direct services to the United States and the new Aer Lingus Regional route will offer customers the convenience of flying from their home airport with through booking connections to New York Aer Lingus flights onwards throughout the United States with partner airlines.
Connecting passengers from Aberdeen and the Grampian region will also benefit from the new US Customs and Immigrations clearance facilities in Dublin allowing them to arrive in the US as domestic passengers.
Commenting on today’s announcement Aer Arann Chief Executive Paul Schütz said “the additional aircraft and routes demonstrate the confidence of Aer Arann and Aer Lingus in the franchise flying model that matches capacity and frequency requirements to demand”.
“This new route will extend the successful cooperation between our two airlines and will benefit both business and tourism by stimulating the Scotland-Ireland point to point market with excellent business timings and leisure travel options as well as new easy US connections from Aberdeen”, Mr. Schütz concluded.
Welcoming the announcement the Chief Commercial Officer of Aer Lingus Stephen Kavanagh said “Aer Lingus is delighted to be extending our network into Aberdeen. This new route marks an expansion of the partnership between Aer Lingus and Aer Arann and we look forward to welcoming customers on board our Aberdeen to Dublin service and our transatlantic services in 2011.”
Aberdeen Airport Managing Director Derek Provan said "What a great announcement for the people of the North-east. This route has a whole list of benefits attached, not only does it provide another connection to Dublin, but being able to clear US customs before you arrive on American soil really speeds up the process. It provides a terrific new hub choice for our passengers and opens up North America in a whole new way. Business, leisure, this connection will appeal to a whole spectrum of passengers and for that we wish Aer Arann and Aer Lingus all the best with the new service, and welcome them to Aberdeen airport."
Denise Hill, Head of International Marketing at VisitScotland said "With Ireland one of our biggest overseas markets into Scotland, the new Aer Arann service into Aberdeen will be a welcome development for Scotland's route network. Moreover, the excellent connection it provides in partnership with Aer Lingus, transferring passengers from New York's JFK airport via Dublin and swiftly on to Aberdeen will make it even easier for high spending leisure and business visitors from the US to access the home of the Malt Whisky and the Castle trails. With VisitScotland bringing over 400 international tour operators to Aberdeen for the VisitScotland EXPO in April, the timing will be perfect to showcase the new service to the North American travel trade".
Flights will be operated by Aer Arann ATR 72 aircraft and crew with the first flights on March 27th 2011. Aberdeen Dublin flights are on sale from today on aerlingus.com and through travel agents with fares to Dublin starting at just £29.99 one way including taxes. Connecting flights to the United States are also on sale from today through travel agents and from January 6th 2011 on aerlingus.com.