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01 Feb 2012

Tourism Ireland welcomes Aer Arann services

Tourism Ireland today welcomed the announcement by Aer Arann of its Aer Lingus regional flight schedule for this summer, which includes two new routes, Bournemouth to Dublin and Rennes to Shannon; the return of flights from Rennes to Dublin and Cork; as well as increased frequencies on nine routes, including services to Dublin from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Blackpool; to Shannon from Edinburgh; and to Cork from Manchester, Edinburgh and Birmingham. These services will help provide a welcome boost for both leisure and business tourism from Great Britain and France to Ireland.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “The introduction of the two new routes and the increased frequency on nine routes is fantastic news; they will certainly expand travel options for British and French holidaymakers who wish to visit Ireland. We are already working closely with Aer Arann and the airports to maximise the demand for these new routes and boost tourism. As an island destination, direct, convenient and competitive access services are critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism. Tourism Ireland is committed to working with air and sea carriers, airports and other tourism interests to drive demand for these flights, and all other services to Ireland, and to help maintain our vital network of routes and services.”