New flight to Shannon from Bristol Airport
By Carol_Deacon | Friday, December 13, 2013, 17:51
Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann, is expanding its operations from Bristol Airport with the announcement of a new service to Shannon starting in the spring of 2014.
Aer Lingus Regional
The daily flight will commence on 3 April 2014, operating alongside the airline's existing Dublin service, which links Bristol with the Irish capital up to three times a day.
Aer Lingus Regional confirmed that the introduction of the new route was directly related to the Irish Government's recent decision to abolish its air travel tax from April next year.
Aer Arann chief commercial officer, Simon Fagan said: "Bristol is one of the UK's most vibrant cities, and its proximity to Bath, Cardiff, Newport and Gloucester makes it an ideal destination for travelling rugby fans.
"We expect to carry 25,000 passengers on the Bristol route in the first year of operation.
"Aer Lingus Regional is committed to providing its customers with easy, convenient regional connectivity and great value for money.
"We look forward to welcoming our passengers on board these new flights."
Bristol Airport aviation director Shaun Browne said: "The Bristol-Shannon route has proved popular with passengers when operated in the past.
"Now, with economic conditions improving in both countries, we are confident the demand is there for it to be a success again, making business and leisure travel between South West England and South West Ireland more convenient."
The new schedule will offer a 10.10am daily departure from Shannon arriving in Bristol at 11.40am with a 12.05am return to arrive at Shannon at 1.35pm.
Fares on the ATR42 route are expected to be £29.99 each way including tax/fees/charges.