Pictured at Shannon Airport was Aer Arann's Sandra Feehan along with Aer Lingus Base Manager Cork and Shannon , Alan Long and Aer Arann Chief Executive Paul Schutz

(Monday, 17th January 2011) Aer Arann and Aer Lingus today announced details of a new direct route to Shannon from Edinburgh in the latest phase of the franchise agreement between the two airlines. Also announced were details of the Shannon Summer 2011 schedule that will see the number of weekly Aer Lingus Regional departures from Shannon increase by 36% compared to last year.

From Sunday, 27th March, Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann, will provide flights to Shannon from Edinburgh in addition to the current Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and Glasgow services. Flights to Edinburgh will operate five days per week with fares starting at €29.99 one way including taxes.  Flights go on sale today, Monday, 17th January and are available for booking on www.aerlingus.com.

Shannon’s Aer Lingus Regional Summer 2011 schedule, also beginning on 27th March, will include additional flights to Manchester on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. The Birmingham service will operate daily on a business-friendly slot, while the Shannon to Glasgow route will operate three times per week.

Speaking at the launch in Shannon Airport today, Aer Arann Chief Executive, Paul Schütz said, “Combined with the recently launched Glasgow route, the addition of our new Shannon-Edinburgh service demonstrates the continued success of our franchise agreement with Aer Lingus. This new service further improves the direct links between Scotland and Ireland for both business and leisure passengers and working with Aer Lingus, we look forward to continuing to provide our customers with a quality service, ensuring excellent value and frequency.”

Also commenting on the announcement, Declan Kearney, Director of Communications, Aer Lingus said: “Aer Lingus are delighted to introduce this new service in conjunction with Aer Arann. This is the fifth Aer Lingus Regional route launched from Shannon since our partnership with Aer Arann began in April of last year. We look forward to welcoming customers onboard the Edinburgh service in March.”

Shannon Airport Director Mary Considine said that the establishment of the Shannon-Edinburgh route is a major boost for the Airport and region. “We are delighted with today’s announcement by Aer Lingus Regional. Edinburgh is an extremely attractive route and we are extremely confident that, with the full support of marketing agencies both here and in Scotland, it will be a major addition to our services at Shannon and another success for the Aer Lingus/Aer Arann franchise. The Edinburgh route is a superb addition for us and adds to recent announcements of other new services for Shannon into the UK and Europe as the airport continues to develop a healthy network of sustainable services.”

Pictured at the announcement in Shannon Airport were Aer Arann's Nicola Raferty, Aer Arann Chief Executive Paul Schutz and Sandra Feehan

Under the franchise agreement between the two airlines Aer Lingus Regional flights are operated by Aer Arann using its own ATR 72-500 aircraft and crew.  All franchise flights are sold and distributed through www.aerlingus.com.