22 May 2003
A daily scheduled service has commenced operating between Glasgow Prestwick and the Isle of Man.
The airport's Managing Director Tom Wilson said: "It's another new route and another new airline for Glasgow Prestwick, Scotland's fastest-growing airport."
Aer Arann Express, Ireland's premier regional airline, inaugurated the new direct daily service. It predicts it will carry over 20,000 passengers on the route this year. Fares start at £59 return including taxes and the route is being operated by a 48-seater ATR42 aircraft.
Aer Arann Express is one of the fastest-growing regional airlines in the world. Based in Dublin, the airline employs 260 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.
Jennifer Mooney, Commercial Manager for Aer Arann Express, said: "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 added: "Today's inaugural flight, linking Glasgow Prestwick and the Isle of Man for the first time in many years, opens another chapter in the tremendous success story of our airport.
"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."
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