Stobart Air to reintroduce Edinburgh service

Stobart Air to reintroduce Edinburgh service



Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
Stobart Air will resume services on the Shannon-Edinburgh route in March – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

Aer Lingus Regional will resume operations on its old Shannon-Edinburgh route from next March.

The service, operated by Stobart Air, will return after it was axed last January when the company pulled out of Shannon.

When Stobart Air closed its Shannon base on January 5th last, a total of 20 weekly flights to Birmingham, Bristol and Edinburgh were lost. The company said at the time that the airport “does not fit with our current strategic plan at this time.”

Shannon Group CEO Neil Pakey said: “We are seeking to add to our schedule on an ongoing basis. Edinburgh has been one of the services at the top of our list and Aer Lingus Regional’s announcement that it is to restore the service next year is really good news for Shannon and our passengers.

“Edinburgh has proven a hugely popular service here in the past and in terms of feedback from the public, it is one of the routes we had most requests for over the past number of months.  We are really pleased to be able to respond to this strong public demand with the return of the service,” Mr Pakey added.

Stobart Air Chief Commercial Officer Martin Saxton said: “We are really pleased to re-commence services on the Shannon Edinburgh route. The new route is a direct response to the strong demand amongst business people and holidays makers in the west of Ireland looking for easy access to Edinburgh, one of Europe’s most popular weekend destinations.”

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.