9 AUGUST 2021
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Emerald Airlines has signed a 10-year franchise agreement with Aer Lingus to operate its regional flights.
The deal, which starts at the beginning of 2023, comes after the collapse Stobart Air, which had been operating Aer Lingus regional services until it ceased trading in June.
Although the new contract is not due to start for 18 months, Aer Lingus said it continues to “work closely with Emerald Airlines to evaluate options with respect to an earlier contract start date in light of Stobart Air recently ceasing operations.”
Lynne Embleton, Chief Executive, Aer Lingus, said the announcement “significantly boosts” the airline’s intent to develop Dublin Airport as a hub between Europe and the US.
“This franchise agreement with Emerald Airlines marks a new chapter in Aer Lingus Regional services and brings choice and certainty to our customers flying between Ireland, the UK and beyond,” she said.
“We very much look forward to partnering with Emerald Airlines, and to growing and developing Aer Lingus Regional over the coming years.”
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