Aer Lingus Regional has today launched its new route from Shannon to Bristol.
The route is part of the airlines’ growth plans as it aims to increase passenger numbers to two million by 2016.
The daily service will be serviced by Stobart Air – the airline operates more than 664 Aer Lingus Regional flights a week.
The route, announced last year, will depart Shannon airport at 1110am daily.
Aer Lingus Regional said it aims to fly up to 20,000 passengers on the route in the first year and 35,000 passengers in 2015.
Stobart Air’s CCO Simon Fagan said the addition of the route is a vital step in the growth plan of the airline.
“We are delighted to see the route go into operation today. It has enormous potential in enhancing business connections between the west of Ireland and south west England.”
Shannon airport’s managing director Neil Pakey, said: “The Shannon-Bristol route provides enormous potential for Shannon, as the region looks to strengthen its ties with key business hubs in the UK.”