Aer Lingus Regional is to introduce flights from Shannon to Bristol as part of a major expansion at the western Ireland airport.
The carrier, which is operated by Aer Arann, will begin the daily Bristol service from April 3, 2014. It will also add extra flights from Shannon to Birmingham and Manchester.
Neil Pakey, chief executive of the Shannon Group, said: “All three destinations have much to offer Irish travellers from a business and leisure perspective and the extra capacity will also be hugely beneficial for tourism across the wider west of Ireland region.”
Aer Lingus Regional is to increase Manchester flights from two to three times per day from Shannon for summer 2014 while Birmingham services will double to twice daily. The increases mean that the carrier will have 96 flights per week to UK regional airports to and from Shannon.
Aer Arann’s chief commercial officer Simon Fagan said: “The airline is determined to grow both our passenger numbers and route network.
“The addition of a new destination and the doubling of our capacity on two key routes from Shannon, provides real choice to the travelling public, and will serve to bring further visitors to the region.”