16 Apr 2003
Aer Arann Express, Ireland's premier regional airline, today (April 16, 2003) announced the introduction of a new direct daily service between Glasgow Prestwick, Scotland's fastest-growing airport, and the Isle of Man.
The airline predicts it will carry over 20,000 passengers on the route this year. With fares from £59 return including taxes, the once-daily service will commence on 21 May 2003 and will be operated by a 48-seater ATR42 aircraft.
Aer Arann Express is one of the fastest-growing regional airlines in the world with a turnover in excess of EUR 60 million and projected passenger numbers of 650,000 for 2003.
Based in Dublin, the airline employs 220 staff and currently operates over 350 flights per week, with scheduled services from Dublin to Cork, Donegal, Galway, Kerry, Knock and Sligo, Cork to Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Southampton and Galway to London Luton.
Aer Arann Express currently operates five routes between the UK and Ireland, as well as providing services to all eight regional Irish airports. The airline is also adding a new 66-seater ATR72 aircraft to its fleet to provide additional capacity on its existing routes.
Commenting on the announcement Jennifer Mooney, Commercial Manager for Aer Arann Express, said: "We are delighted to be offering a direct service between Glasgow Prestwick and the Isle of Man. We have identified a substantial demand for this new route and are committed to providing the high-quality, reliable level of service that our passengers have come to expect from us."
Tom Wilson, Glasgow Prestwick's Managing Director, said: "Today's announcement opens another chapter in the tremendous success story of our airport - another new route and another new airline. I am sure that the Glasgow Prestwick - Isle of Man service will be popular with business and leisure travellers, whether Scottish or Isle of Man-based."
The new route was welcomed by David Cretney, M.H.K., Minister for Tourism and Leisure for the Isle of Man. "The Prestwick route adds a new dimension to the Isle of Man's Scottish tourist market," he said. "We know that with our close proximity and cultural ties with Scotland there is far greater potential for short break holidays to the Island provided the price is right. We believe that Aer Arann have a superb product at the right price and will do very well" .
Aer Arann is the first airline in Europe to achieve ISO 9002 status. This internationally recognised standard of quality guarantees passengers the best level of service and an ongoing commitment to quality assurance.
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