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Emerald Airlines celebrates its one million passengers, less than 12 months since its inaugural flight

Emerald Airlines, Ireland’s newest airline, and the exclusive operator of the Aer Lingus Regional Network, on January 16 marked a major milestone, with the celebration of its one-millionth passenger, less than 12 months since its inaugural flight from Donegal to Dublin.

The lucky Brady Family, travelling on flight EI3304 from Dublin Airport to Southampton were awarded four complimentary, roundtrip tickets to use anywhere on the Emerald Airlines/Aer Lingus Regional route network.

Born out of a pandemic, the airline began flying on the Dublin-Donegal route on 26th February, 2022 and has experienced significant growth ever since. By Summer 2023 it will fly 25 routes; 15 from Dublin and 10 from Belfast, with over 580 flights per week.

Emerald Airlines recently announced its Summer 2023 Schedule, with over 1.5 million seats on sale this Summer Season, with new routes from Belfast to Jersey and Newquay, along with an increase in frequency on popular services including a doubling of seats on Dublin-Southampton and Dublin-Jersey.

In addition, the airline has added more flights on high-frequency routes including Dublin-Glasgow, Dublin-Edinburgh, Belfast-Manchester, and Belfast-Birmingham. The new routes and additional frequencies form part of Emerald Airlines’ wider expansion strategy, which will come to fruition over the coming months; seeing the delivery of additional aircraft, adding further capacity, and further increasing frequencies.

Top Copyright Photo: Aer Lingus Regional – Emerald Airlines ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) EI-GPN (msn 1300) DUB (Michael Kelly). Image: 956957.

Emerald Airlines to operate 23 routes next summer

Emerald Airlines, the exclusive operator of Aer Lingus Regional services, releases its Summer 2023 schedule, with a total of 23 routes, including 13 from Dublin and 10 from Belfast. Seeing over 1.5 million seats on sale this Summer, the carrier continues to rapidly increase its frequencies and services across the Aer Lingus Regional route network.

In line with the rising customer demand, Emerald Airlines will also add a number of new routes from Belfast City Airport, including Belfast – Jersey and Belfast – Newquay.

The airline operates Aer Lingus Regional flights from Dublin and Belfast City Airport and is now flying 23 routes and counting.

The Aer Lingus Regional summer schedule will commence 26 March 26, 2022.

Frequency of new routes

Belfast City-Jersey

From

To

Dep. Time

Days of Operation

Start Date

Belfast City

Jersey

09:50

  • – W –  – – Sa –

06 May 23

Jersey

Belfast City

12:35

  • – W –  – – Sa –

06 May 23

Belfast City-Newquay

From

To

Dep. Time

Days of Operation

Start Date

Belfast City

Newquay

11:20

M – – T F – Su

03 April 23

Newquay

Belfast City

13:15

M – – T F – Su

03 April 23

Routes from Dublin

Aberdeen

Exeter

Newcastle

Birmingham

Glasgow

Newquay

Bristol

Isle of Man

Southampton

Donegal

Leeds Bradford

Edinburgh

Manchester

Routes from Belfast City

Birmingham

Glasgow

Newquay *New*

Cardiff

Jersey *New*

Southampton

Edinburgh

Leeds Bradford

Exeter

Manchester

Top Copyright Photo: Aer Lingus Regional – Emerald Airlines ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) EI-GPP (msn 1322) DUB (Michael Kelly). Image: 956956.

Emerald Airlines adds new flights for the winter

Emerald Airlines made this announcement:

Emerald Airlines, exclusive operator of Aer Lingus Regional, today announces its increased capacity for this upcoming winter season. New daily flights have been added between both Dublin and Southampton, and Dublin and Aberdeen, taking off on October 30, 2022.

This announcement marks the latest expansion efforts by the rapidly growing carrier, now flying 22 routes. With new destinations, new aircraft and expansion of services on existing routes, the outlook for Aer Lingus Regional is looking increasingly positive with each passing month.

Commenting on the announcement, Ciarán Smith, Head of Commercial at Emerald Airlines said: “After a very successful summer season, we are delighted to be upping our frequencies and adding new routes out of Dublin to/from Aberdeen and Southampton. With convenient timings and cost-effective flights, we strongly believe these connections will be warmly welcomed by both business and leisure travellers. We look forward to a busy winter ahead!

The new routes form part of Emerald Airlines’ wider expansion strategy, which will come to fruition over the coming months; seeing the delivery of five additional aircraft, adding further capacity, and increasing frequencies.”

The ATR 72-600 forms the backbone of Emerald Airlines’ growing fleet, with the average age of aircraft being 6 years. The ATR 72-600 is the latest generation of turboprop aircraft combining unmatched environmental and economic performance. These ultra-low fuel burn aircraft emit up to 40% less CO₂ on these short, regional flights.

Emerald Airlines aircraft slide show:

Aer Lingus Regional bolsters its capacity this winter

Emerald Airlines, exclusive operator of Aer Lingus Regional, today announces its increased capacity for this upcoming winter season. New daily flights have been added between both Dublin and Southampton, and Dublin and Aberdeen, taking off from October 30, 2022.

This announcement marks the latest expansion efforts by the rapidly growing carrier, now flying 22 routes. With new destinations, new aircraft and expansion of services on existing routes, the outlook for Aer Lingus Regional is looking increasingly positive with each passing month.

Commenting on the announcement, Ciarán Smith, Head of Commercial at Emerald Airlines said: “After a very successful summer season, we are delighted to be upping our frequencies and adding new routes out of Dublin to/from Aberdeen and Southampton. With convenient timings and cost-effective flights, we strongly believe these connections will be warmly welcomed by both business and leisure travellers. We look forward to a busy winter ahead! 

The new routes form part of Emerald Airlines’ wider expansion strategy, which will come to fruition over the coming months; seeing the delivery of five additional aircraft, adding further capacity, and increasing frequencies.” 

 The ATR 72-600 forms the backbone of Emerald Airlines’ growing fleet, with the average age of aircraft being 6 years. The ATR 72-600 is the latest generation of turboprop aircraft combining unmatched environmental and economic performance. These ultra-low fuel burn aircraft emit up to 40% less CO₂ on these short, regional flights. 

Schedule from Dublin to Aberdeen  

 

From To Dep. Time Days of the Week
Dublin Airport Aberdeen International Airport 14:55

07:25

11:00

M- -Th Fi – Su

  • T W – – –
  • -S-
Aberdeen International Airport Dublin Airport 17:00

09:35

13:00

M- -Th Fi – Su

  • T W – – –
  • -S-

Schedule from Dublin to Southampton   

 

From To Dep. Time Days of the Week
Dublin Airport Southampton Airport 13:35 Daily
Southampton Airport Dublin Airport 15:40 Daily

*Each-way as part of a return trip

Emerald aircraft slide show:

Aer Lingus Regional announces new services to Cardiff and Southampton from its Belfast base

Emerald Airlines, exclusive operator of Aer Lingus Regional, has announced two new services to Cardiff and Southampton from its Belfast Base.

Already servicing Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford, Glasgow, Exeter, and Manchester, Aer Lingus Regional will now operate Cardiff and Southampton routes from Belfast City Airport.

Passengers can also book flights from Belfast City Airport to Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Glasgow, and Exeter. Passengers will be able to earn Avios points on all Aer Lingus Regional flights, providing continuity and benefits of the current services offered by both Aer Lingus and British Airways at Belfast City Airport.

Aer Lingus Regional flights will be operated by the ATR72-600, the latest generation of turboprop aircraft combining unmatched environmental and economic performance.  These ultra-low fuel burn aircraft emit up to 40% less CO₂ on these short, regional flights.

BHD – Cardiff Schedule

 

From To Start Date Frequency Dep Time
Belfast Cardiff 07 July M Th F S Su 10:10
Cardiff Belfast 07 July M Th F S Su 12:00

 

BHD – Southampton Schedule

 

From To Start Date Frequency Dep Time
Belfast Southampton 07 July M T W TH F SU 15:00
Southampton Belfast 07 July M T W TH F SU 17:10
Belfast Southampton 07 July S 09:55
Southampton Belfast 07 July S 12:05

Emerald Airlines slide show:

Emerald Airlines welcomes its 6th ATR 72-600

Emerald Airlines, exclusive operator of Aer Lingus Regional, received its 6th ATR 72-600 from Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC), the world’s largest regional aircraft leasing company.

The ATR 72-600 forms the backbone of Emerald Airlines’ growing fleet.  

Accepting the delivery from NAC in Toulouse, Richard Spencer, Director of Engineering and Fleet at Emerald Airlines, said: “We are delighted to have accepted our 6th ATR  72 aircraft from NAC. The ATR 72 is an essential part of our strategy at Emerald Airlines – offering high frequency, convenient, and affordable air travel across Ireland and the U.K. We would like to thank the team at NAC for their belief and support and look forward to adding this aircraft to our growing fleet.”

Emerald Airlines is currently operating Aer Lingus Regional flights from Dublin and Belfast City Airport, flying over 430 flights per week on 18 routes from 14 airports including Bristol, Birmingham, Exeter, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Isle of Man, and Newquay among others.  

The environmental footprint of an ATR 72-600 versus a similar-sized jet aircraft is 4,000 tons less CO2 per aircraft per year. This aircraft has a significant environmental advantage over regional jets and other turboprop aircraft emitting 40% less CO2 on short, regional flights.

Emerald Airlines adds the Dublin – Leeds/Bradford route

Emerald Airlines has made this announcement:

LBA (Leeds Bradford Airport) and Emerald Airlines, the exclusive operator of Aer Lingus Regional, celebrate its inaugural flight between Leeds and Dublin, further increasing connectivity between both regions.

Aer Lingus Regional flights will be operated by the ATR72-600, the latest generation of turboprop aircraft combining unmatched environmental and economic performance. These ultra-low fuel burn aircraft emit up to 40% less CO₂ on these short, regional flights.

By Summer 2022, nine major airlines at LBA will service over 64 international scheduled destinations, four domestic scheduled destinations and three charter/specialist destinations. Across its route network, the airport provides connectivity to top destinations including Ireland, Spain, The Netherlands, Portugal, Turkey, Poland, France, Greece, and Cyprus. In addition, Leeds Bradford will offer scheduled services to three major European hubs, providing onward connectivity options across the world via Amsterdam, Dublin and London Heathrow.

 

Schedule to Dublin

 

From To Dep. Time Days of the Week
Leeds Bradford Airport Dublin Airport 08:35 M T W TH F S SU
Leeds Bradford Airport Dublin Airport 19:40 M T W TH F SU
Dublin Airport Leeds Bradford Airport 06:50 M T W TH F S SU
Dublin Airport Leeds Bradford Airport 17:45 M T W TH F SU

 

 

Enhanced schedule to Belfast City effective 26May

 

From To Dep. Time Days of the Week
Leeds Bradford Airport Belfast City 08:25 M T W TH F S
Leeds Bradford Airport Belfast City 10:25 SU
Leeds Bradford Airport Belfast City 17:10 M T W TH F SU
Belfast City Leeds Bradford Airport 06:45 M T W TH F S
Belfast City Leeds Bradford Airport 08:50 SU
Belfast City Leeds Bradford Airport 15:30 M T W TH F SU

 

*One-way as part of a return trip

Aer Lingus Regional takes off from Newcastle International Airport, offering flights to Dublin

Aer Lingus Regional, operated exclusively by Emerald Airlines, which has commenced new, five-weekly departures from Newcastle International to Dublin.

Aer Lingus Regional will operate up to 5 flights weekly; providing the North East traveling public with even more connectivity to Dublin and Ireland. Customers will also be able to  seamlessly connect onto Aer Lingus’ North American network, with connections from the North East via Dublin to New York, Boston, Chicago, Washington D.C.,  Philadelphia and Toronto.

Schedule

From To Dep. Time Days of the week
Newcastle International Dublin 11:00 AM MON TH FRI SAT
Newcastle International Dublin 12:00 PM SUN
Dublin Newcastle International 09:20 AM MON TH FRI SAT
Dublin Newcastle International 10:20 AM SUN

*One-way as part of a return trip

Emerald Airlines to launch flights from Belfast City Airport

Emerald Airlines, exclusive operator of Aer Lingus Regional, has announced it will commence services from Belfast City Airport base later this month, with tickets on sale now.

Customers are now able to book flights from Belfast City Airport to Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Glasgow, and Exeter. Customers will be able to earn Avios points on all Aer Lingus Regional flights, providing continuity and benefits of the current services offered by both Aer Lingus and British Airways at Belfast City Airport. Tickets can be booked through AerLingus.com and BA.com.

With fares starting at £36.99*, the first phase of services will commence on March 24, 2022, to Birmingham with Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford and Manchester commencing on March 27.  Services from Belfast City to Glasgow and Exeter will commence from early May, 2022.

Emerald’s commitment to Northern Ireland will ensure continuity of regional routes that have been operated previously by Aer Lingus and British Airways. Customers will continue to enjoy all the benefits through Aer Lingus and British Airways’ codeshare agreement with Emerald Airlines.

Aer Lingus and British Airways services to London City and London Heathrow from Belfast City Airport remain unchanged.

Aer Lingus Regional flights will be operated by the ATR72-600, the latest generation of turboprop aircraft combining unmatched environmental and economic performance. These ultra low fuel burn aircraft emit up to 40% less CO₂ on these short, regional flights.

Recruitment is ongoing at Emerald Airlines for positions in Belfast including Flight Crew and Cabin Crew. Further information on vacancies can be viewed here.

Schedule & Avios

Airport Route Start Date Frequency Aircraft
Birmingham BHD-BHX 24-MAR-22 Up to 3x Daily ATR72-600
Leeds Bradford BHD-LBA 27-MAR-22 Up to 2x Daily ATR72-600
Manchester BHD-MAN 27-MAR-22 Up to 3x Daily ATR72-600
Edinburgh BHD-EDI 27-MAR-22 Up to 2x Daily ATR72-600
Exeter BHD-EXT 08-MAY-22 Up to 5x weekly ATR72-600
Glasgow BHD-GLA 08-MAY-22 Daily ATR72-600

*Fares quoted are each-way as part of a return trip.

Emerald Airlines commences operations

Emerald Airlines on February 26 launched operations.

The first flight was between Donegal and Dublin and return. The flights are operated under Aer Lingus Regional brand.