Saturday, 31 August 2013

Aer Lingus targets charter carrier routes from Ireland

                                                   
Aer Lingus Airbus A330-300
This winter scheduled Aer Lingus is strategically utilizing it's fleet to further increase market share from Ireland, by further encroaching onto routes traditionally operated by charter carriers.

This summer it launched a new weekly service to Corfu, Greece and from 22nd December it's Dublin to Toulouse route is being converted to a year-round service operating weekly on Saturdays using Airbus A321s. Travel Extra reported 80% of the seats will be used by tour operator Top Flight.

On 19th August it announced a new weekly Shannon to Lanzarote service operating from 27th October offering an additional 8,000 seats on the route. See my blog post Aer Lingus announces new Shannon Lanzarote route

Aer Lingus preliminary annual results 2012 stated "Aer Lingus gained market share in both long and short haul from LCCs, legacy, regional & charter carriers."

The airline has increased it's Ireland market share by 2% to 43% including Aer Lingus Regional. In Dublin-London market share increased by 1% to 46% and from Dublin to United States it increased by market share by 4% to 53% in 2012 in a very challenging Marco environment.

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Aer Lingus increases Dublin hub connectivity for Winter 2013

                                                   
New connections at Dublin 
This winter Aer Lingus network development continues it's evolution of Dublin as a hub , enabling connectivity for passengers from Aberdeen, Cardiff, Malaga, Rome and Stockholm to the United States.

To support the increased connectivity from it's European and UK network it's adding an an extra four weekly flights between Dublin and Boston bringing the total number of services per week to eleven.

In addition from Shannon to Boston will operate daily services, year-round, from January.

Aer Lingus Director of Communications Declan Kearney said "Today’s announcement supports Aer Lingus’ strategy to provide greater access and choice for Irish customers with over 220,000 seats available a week to and from Ireland. In addition, we continue to grow our transatlantic schedule, with 42 weekly roundtrips – giving greater choice to customers travelling between Ireland, Europe and North America."

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Air Lituanica will fly from Vilnius and Palanga to Dublin for Christmas Season

                                                   
Courtesy: Embraer 
Lithuanian regional carrier Air Lituanica in response to passenger requests is to operate a short programme of flights from Dublin to Palanga and Vilnius for the busy Christmas season from 21st December 2013 to 5th January 2014.

Flights will be operated in co-operation with Small Planet Airlines using Airbus A320 and Boeing 737-300 aircraft.

Air Lituanica Commercial Director Simonas Bartkus said "Before the holiday and inter-holiday season, there is a strong surge of our countrymen looking to return from England and Ireland to Lithuania, as well as of those looking to visit their loved ones who live in those countries. Therefore, we will be offering flights that will help people visit each other more quickly and easily people are used to planning their Christmas vacations ahead of time, so we’ve decided to begin selling tickets to London and Dublin today. Ticket costs start at 299 Lt one-way."

Services from Dublin to Palanga and Vilnius will operate December 20th,22nd, 29th and January 3rd,5th.

A total of 48 flights have been planned for the season 10 from Palanga to Dublin and London Gatwick and 14 from Vilnius International Airport offering a total of 6,700 seats.

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