Irish airline Aer Arann announces major expansion


The airline Aer Arann has announced a major expansion of its operations at City of Derry Airport.

The airline will launch new services to Manchester and Edinburgh which will begin in May.

The airline is also moving its morning flight to Dublin from 0810 to 0740, due to passenger demand.

The Mayor of Derry City Council, which owns the airport, has welcomed the expansion as “tremendous news” for passengers across the North-West.

Councillor Paul Fleming said: “We have an excellent working relationship with Aer Arann, who provide our daily Dublin service, and look forward to working with them to deliver a successful service to Manchester and Edinburgh.”

The Manchester service will operate seven days per week while the Edinburgh service will operate six days per week. The Dublin service remains a double daily service operating seven days per week.

Welcoming the new routes, Aer Arann’s Director of Corporate Affairs Andrew Kelly said: “The new routes and schedule are proof of our commitment to offering direct services from the Derry region to major international cities.”