(Monday, 11th June 2012) The west of Ireland’s business and tourism received a welcome boost today as Aer Lingus Regional’s first flight from Ireland West Airport Knock to Birmingham took to the skies.

From today, Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann, will fly once daily from Ireland West Airport Knock to Birmingham offering both business and leisure travellers direct, convenient and cost effective access to Great Britain’s second largest city.

Commenting on the launch of the service, Aer Arann’s Interim Chief Executive Sean Brogan said, “We are delighted to commence our Aer Lingus Regional Ireland West Airport Knock to Birmingham service today. We recognise the vital importance of regional air connectivity and the key role that this air link to Birmingham provides for business, tourism and leisure travel. We look forward to working with our partners in Ireland West Airport Knock to ensure that this route continues to be a success.”

Welcoming the launch of the service, Aer Lingus Director of Communications Declan Kearney said, “Aer Lingus is delighted to add the Ireland West Airport Knock to Birmingham route to its network. We look forward to welcoming more and more customers on board this service from today and into the future.”

Speaking on behalf of Ireland West Airport Knock, Joe Gilmore, Managing Director said, “We are delighted to welcome Aer Lingus Regional’s first flight to the Airport from Birmingham. Our Birmingham service has long been one of our most established routes from the airport and I am sure the uninterrupted continuation of the service will come as welcome news to the thousands of UK visitors who use this service regularly as well as the Irish people travelling to the Birmingham region for business and leisure purposes. We wish Aer Lingus Regional every success with the new service’ and look forward to working with them to grow the service”.

Aer Lingus Regional flights from Ireland West Airport Knock to Birmingham start from €29.99 one way including taxes and are available for booking on www.aerlingus.com.