Irish carrier, Emerald Airlines has announced two new routes from its Dublin hub. The new services will operate to the north-western English city of Liverpool (LPL) and the north-western French city of Brest (BES).
Flights are expected to begin on 27 April for Liverpool operations and the 20 May for Brest services.
Passengers can expect a flight frequency to Liverpool of 11 flights per week with Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays seeing two flights a day.
As for Brest flights, a twice weekly service will be operating on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Flights are now available to be booked through the Aer Lingus website.
Commenting on the launch of the routes, Ciaran Smith, Head of Commercial at Emerald Airlines said: “Today’s announcement comes just in time for those planning their summer trips away.”
“For customers looking for convenient travel options to and from Liverpool, or a direct, seamless route to the Northwest of France, Brest, we are happy to be providing you with more choice when planning your travels”.
Furthermore, Claude Arphexad, Director at Brest Airport said: “We are very happy to welcome the Emerald company to Brest airport and very proud to be their first destination in France.”
“Dublin was a highly anticipated destination; we are delighted to be able to offer it to Bretons this summer”.
Keen for growth
Ever since the recent collapse of Flybe 2.0, Emerald Airlines has been keen to expand and capitalise on flights to the UK, with new routes popping up very frequently in recent months.
The addition of Liverpool and Brest allows more choice for customers looking for their next getaway and joins Emerald’s existing 28 strong route network and with plenty more destinations to tap into, should they want to.
To be specific, Emerald has announced flights to East Midlands, Isle of Man, Jersey, Newcastle and Newquay from Belfast City, plus they are now beginning flights from Cork with a flight to Bristol.
With these major route expansions and the airline tapping into new airports, both British and Irish, it is clear the airline to growing to become the largest airline in the UK and Ireland.
A brief history of Emerald Airlines
Emerald Airlines is an Irish regional carrier that took the place of Stobart Air when they collapsed in June 2021. For those unaware, Stobart Air was a regional airline who operated on many regional routes across the UK and Ireland on behalf of Aer Lingus Regional and Flybe 1.0.
Emerald Airlines won the contract to operate flights on behalf of Aer Lingus Regional in August 2021, taking the role of Stobart Air.
One month later they received an Air Operators Certificate (AOC) and then on the 17th of December of that year, they announced operations would begin on the 17th of March 2022.
This start date was brought forward with the launch of just one route from Dublin to Donegal on the 26th February 2022. The airline then began the rest of its routes from its original start date in March.