Aer Lingus launches Dublin route
Aer Lingus Regional is returning to East Midlands Airport after 18 years to offer a direct route to Dublin.
The airline, operated by Stobart Air, will provide direct twice daily return flights between the region and Dublin Airport from 5 February 2015.
Aer Lingus expects to carry up to 70,000 customers on the new route in the first year and will operate all services on the company's new fleet of regional aircraft.
Simon Fagan, chief commercial officer of Stobart Air, said: "We are delighted to return to East Midlands Airport to launch this route to Dublin after 18 years."
Andy Cliffe, managing director of East Midlands Airport, added: "This new route will without doubt enhance connectivity for our passengers in the East Midlands region, both to Dublin and with further travel options to America and Canada.
"This link is something that the airport has been committed to securing and we are delighted that Aer Lingus has joined us as a brand new operator."
The route will also enable UK-based passengers to connect to Aer Lingus mainline transatlantic services to New York, Boston, Chicago, Orlando and Toronto through Dublin where they can avail of immigration and customs preclearance services before their onward journey to the US.
The service means passengers are treated as domestic passengers on arrival in the US. Only Dublin and Shannon airports offer this service in Europe.