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Emerald Airlines to open a new base at George Best Belfast City Airport

Emerald Airlines is planning to open a new operating base at George Best Belfast City Airport.

The flights will operate under the Aer Lingus Regional brand.

The carrier will operate from Belfast City to:

Birmingham

Edinburgh

Exeter

Glasgow

Leeds/Bradford

Manchester

The airport issued this statement:

In a bid to increase choice for customers travelling from Belfast and the wider region, Emerald Airlines, exclusive operator of Aer Lingus Regional route network will expand out of Belfast City Airport, with a new base offering more choice and convenience to customers.

Emerald Airlines intends to operate high-frequency routes from Belfast City to;

Birmingham
Edinburgh
Exeter
Glasgow
Leeds Bradford
Manchester

These new routes form part of a long-term deal reached between Emerald Airlines and Belfast City Airport to establish a new home-based carrier at the city-centre airport with ambitious growth plans and further new routes to be announced throughout 2022.

Commenting on the announcement, Conor McCarthy, CEO of Emerald Airlines said:

“There is a huge opportunity for Emerald Airlines here; we want to be the airline of choice for customers travelling from Belfast City Airport and we’re eager to build upon our announcement today, with new flights and destinations to follow in the near future.

“We are in advanced talks with British Airways and Aer Lingus regarding code sharing and other cooperation so that we can maintain the continuity and benefits of the current services offered by both airlines at Belfast City Airport. Operational set-up continues at pace, with the Belfast City Base, our UK AOC and employee recruitment progressing extremely well.

“We’re confident this news will be welcomed by the business community across the region which depend on connectivity more than ever as the recovery continues, and also to all those looking to get away for a much-needed break or to visit friends and family this year.

“Meanwhile we have received almost 1,000 applications for our Belfast-based roles and are now in the final stages of our recruiting process with the first round of training commencing in February.”

All routes will be operated under an exclusive franchise agreement as Aer Lingus Regional with customers also having the added benefit of a codeshare with British Airways and the ability to earn Avios rewards on all flights.

Matthew Hall, Chief Executive at Belfast City Airport, said:

“We are very pleased to secure a long-term partnership with Emerald Airlines that will see the return of the Aer Lingus Regional product to Belfast later this year.

“Emerald’s commitment to Northern Ireland will ensure not only the continuity of these regional routes that have been operated by mainline Aer Lingus and British Airways since last summer 2021, but also presents a significant opportunity for new routes and additional frequency.

“As the pandemic subsides we do expect to see an increased demand for travel – both to and from Belfast – and this ensures we are in a strong position to meet this demand.

“We look forward to working with the team at Emerald Airlines as we continue to connect Belfast with key destinations across the UK and beyond.”

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

All flights will be operated by the ATR 72-600, the latest generation of turboprop aircraft combining environmental and economic performance, has a significant environmental advantage over regional jets and other turboprop aircraft, emitting up to 40% less CO₂ on short, regional flights.

Aer Lingus and Emerald Airlines announce accelerated plans for launch of regional routes

Aer Lingus and Emerald Airlines have announced details of the commencement of Aer Lingus Regional flights, with tickets on sale from today. The flights operated under a franchise agreement by Emerald Airlines will commence on March 17, 2022 as Aer Lingus Regional. Today’s announcement will result in Emerald Airlines flying over 340 flights per week across 11 routes with fares starting at €29.99, with further route announcements to be made in the coming weeks.

High-frequency routes, including Dublin-Edinburgh and Dublin-Glasgow, will be served up to 4 times daily. The announcement sees the re-establishment of services to regional points across the U.K including Newquay Cornwall, Exeter, and Isle of Man. Emerald Airlines will be the only airline offering these services from Ireland. Critically, the announcement adds over 60 UK – US routes on the Aer Lingus network connecting via Dublin including connections from UK regional airports to New York, Los Angeles, Boston and Seattle.

Aer Lingus recently announced an ambitious schedule for Summer 2022, which reflects the airline’s goal to build to pre-pandemic levels of flying and anticipates continued momentum in customer demand. This commencement of the Aer Lingus Regional routes operated by Emerald Airlines will greatly increase connectivity between the UK, Ireland and the US, and accelerates Aer Lingus’s strategy to expand Dublin Airport as a hub airport.

Pictured is Aer Lingus CEO Lynne Embleton with Emerald Airlines CEO Conor McCarthy, at the announcement of the commencement of Aer Lingus Regional flights, with tickets on sale from today. The flights, operated under a franchise agreement by Emerald Airlines on behalf of Aer Lingus, will commence on 17th March with over 340 flights per week across 11 routes with fares starting at €29.99 one way. The services will greatly increase connectivity between the UK, Ireland and the US, and catalyses Aer Lingus’ strategy to expand Dublin Airport as a hub airport. Further route announcements will be made in the coming weeks. Customers can book at aerlingus.com
16/12/2021 Photograph: Fran Veale/Julien Behal Photography

Emerald Airlines is continuing with the expansion of its fleet of ATR 72-600s. The ATR 72-600, the latest generation of turboprop aircraft combining environmental and economic performance, has a significant environmental advantage over regional jets and other turboprop aircraft emitting up to 40% less CO2 on short, regional flights.

 

Airport Route Start Date Frequency Lead in Price ROI Lead in Price UK Connections
Glasgow DUB- GLA 17-Mar-22 up to 4x daily €29.99 £35.99 JFK/ EWR/ BOS/ ORD/ IAD/ PHL/ MCO/ SFO/ LAX/ SEA/ YYZ
Isle of Man DUB-IOM 17-Mar- 22 6x weekly €37.99 £39.99
Birmingham DUB-BHX 27-Mar-22 up to 3x daily €25.99 £25.99 JFK/ EWR/ BOS/ ORD/ IAD/ PHL/ MCO/ SFO/ LAX/ SEA/ YYZ
Bristol DUB-BRS 27-Mar-22 up to 3x daily €29.99 £37.99 JFK/ EWR/ BOS/ ORD/ IAD/ PHL/ MCO/ SFO/ LAX/ SEA/ YYZ
Edinburgh DUB-EDI 27-Mar-22 up to 4x daily €29.99 £37.99 JFK/ EWR/ BOS/ ORD/ IAD/ PHL/ MCO/ SFO/ LAX/ SEA/ YYZ
Manchester DUB-MAN 27-Mar-22 up to 3x daily €25.99 £25.99 JFK/ EWR/ BOS/ ORD/ IAD/ PHL/ MCO/ SFO/ LAX/ SEA/ YYZ
Leeds DUB-LBA 15-Apr-22 up to 2x daily €29.99 £36.99 JFK/ EWR/ BOS/ ORD/ IAD/ PHL/ MCO/ SFO/ LAX/ SEA/ YYZ
Newcastle DUB-NCL 15-Apr-22 5x weekly €29.99 £34.99 JFK/ BOS/ ORD/ IAD/ PHL/ YYZ
Exeter DUB-EXT 29-Apr-22 5x weekly €29.99 £34.99 JFK/ BOS/ ORD/ IAD/ PHL/ YYZ
Cornwall Newquay DUB-NQY 29-Apr-22 4x weekly €37.99 £38.99 JFK/ BOS/ ORD/ IAD/ PHL
Jersey DUB-JER 28-May-22 1x weekly €42.99 £38.99

About Aer Lingus:

NAC to lease four ATR 72-600 aircraft to Emerald Airlines

Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) has announced that it has committed to lease four ATR 72-600 aircraft to Irelands newest regional airline and operator of the Aer Lingus regional routes, Emerald Airlines. NAC is very proud to welcome Emerald Airlines as their newest customer.

Emerald Airlines has been granted the exclusive franchise for the Aer Lingus Regional route network from January 1, 2023 until the end of 2032. The airline is continuing to work closely with Aer Lingus to evaluate options with respect to an earlier contract start date. Just last month, Emerald Airlines also received its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the Irish Aviation Authority, proving its fitnessto-fly capability.

Emerald Airlines secures its Irish AOC with “Gemstone” call sign and EAI code

Emerald Airlines has announced that it has been granted its Air Operator Certificate (AOC), making it Ireland’s newest airline. Securing the AOC further highlights Emerald Airlines’ professional capabilities, adherence to the highest standard of safety regulations needed for aircraft operations and proves its fitness-to-fly capability following the successful completion of rigorous inspections by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA).

Emerald Airlines completed its proving flight, EAI 001, on September 3, 2021. Flight EAI 001 departed from Dublin Airport at 3:48 PM and arrived 37 minutes later at Cork Airport.

Emerald Airlines recently announced that it has entered into a franchise agreement with Aer Lingus which will commence on January 1, 2023 for a period of ten years for the operation of Aer Lingus Regional flights. Although the contract is not due to commence for 17 months, Emerald Airlines continues to work closely with Aer Lingus to evaluate options with respect to an earlier contract start date.

Subsequently, Emerald Airlines has been assigned the callsign GEMSTONE and EAI as its three-letter designator by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

Emerald Airlines to lease six ATR 72-600s from Chorus Aviation

Chorus Aviation has made this announcement:

Chorus Aviation Inc. has announced that Chorus Aviation Capital (‘CAC’) has executed agreements to lease six ATR 72-600 aircraft to Emerald Airlines of Dublin, Ireland.

CAC expects to deliver the first of these aircraft in August 2021, with the remaining units following in the next twelve months.

Meanwhile Emerald Airlines made this announcement:

Emerald Airlines, Ireland’s newest regional airline today announced an agreement with Chorus Aviation Capital (CAC), for the delivery of six ATR72-600 aircraft. The first aircraft will join the airline later this month, with the remaining aircraft expected for delivery over the next 12 months.

The ATR72-600 is the latest generation of turboprop aircraft combining environmental and economic performance, offering greater comfort and a unique passenger experience. The new aircraft will be configured with 72 new-generation seats with a 31-inch seat pitch and fitted with the latest Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127M engines.

The ATR72-600 aircraft has a significant environmental advantage over regional jets and other turboprop aircraft emitting 40% less CO2 on short, regional flights.

The new franchise agreement between Aer Lingus and Emerald Airlines will support Aer Lingus’s Dublin Hub strategy by providing connectivity from UK provincial airports to North America via Dublin. The agreement will offer connectivity between the island of Ireland and Regional Airports in UK, and beyond. Under the agreement, Emerald Airlines will operate ATR turboprop aircraft on the Aer Lingus regional routes with associated Aer Lingus branding and livery.

Aer Lingus signs ten year franchise agreement with Emerald Airlines

Aer Lingus has made this announcement:

  • Agreement will see Emerald Airlines Operating Aer Lingus Regional flights between the island of Ireland and Regional Airports in the UK, Isle of Man and Jersey
  • Emerald Airlines will operate ATR turboprop aircraft with associated Aer Lingus branding and livery
  • 400+ new staff will be required between now and commencement of services

Aer Lingus has today announced that it has entered into a franchise agreement with Emerald Airlines which will commence on 1 January, 2023 for a period of ten years for the operation of Aer Lingus Regional flights.  Although the contract is not due to commence for 18 months, Aer Lingus continues to work closely with Emerald Airlines to evaluate options with respect to an earlier contract start date in light of Stobart Air recently ceasing operations.

The new franchise agreement between Aer Lingus and Emerald Airlines will support Aer Lingus’s Dublin Hub strategy by providing connectivity of UK provincial airports to North America via Dublin. The agreement will offer connectivity between the island of Ireland and Regional Airports in UK, the Isle of Man and Jersey, with options for network expansion to more regional airports in the future.

Under the agreement, Emerald Airlines will operate ATR turboprop aircraft on the regional routes with associated Aer Lingus branding and livery. Over 400 staff will be required between now and commencement of services.

 

Emerald Airlines to eventually take over the Aer Lingus Regional franchise

Emerald Airlines (Dublin) is a new Irish regional airline.

The airline is due to take over the Aer Lingus Regional franchise, hopefully later this year.

Previously in November 2020, Aer Lingus announced the new airline was selected as the new operator of the Aer Lingus Regional franchise.

Stobart Air, the former operator, has been liquidated.

Emerald Airlines is currently in the AOC process.