15/3/2012. News. Free To Use Image. Waterford Airport St. Patrick Day.
Up Up and Away, model Lisa Kavanagh on her way to ‘Take Off’ at ‘Waterford Airport-Waterford Airport has extra reasons to celebrate the Shamrock today as flights to and from the Airport go live for the first time ever on aerlingus.com – photograph Patrick Browne
Tourism boost for southeast with Aer Lingus Regional services to Waterford Airport
Waterford Airport has welcomed the announcement that Aer Lingus Regional flights are to operate to and from Waterford as a major boost to tourism in the southeast region.
From March 25, the routes connecting London Luton; London Southend and Manchester to Waterford will carry the famous Aer Lingus shamrock and passengers are now able to book through www.aerlingus.com. This opens out the routes to a far larger pool of potential passengers in Ireland and, particularly, in the UK. The Aer Lingus Regional routes will be operated under a franchise agreement with Aer Arann.
Welcoming the development ahead of the peak 2012 summer season, Graham Doyle, CEO, Waterford Airport, said: “Aer Lingus is a powerful international airline brand which is very valuable in selling flights to and from the southeast. You get a sense of their scale with almost 600,000 passengers carried in February alone.
“There is huge traffic through www.aerlingus.com and it is great that, for instance, someone in the UK as they research flight options to Ireland will now be able to see the various routes available to bring them to Waterford and Ireland’s southeast from Luton, Southend or Manchester. Tourism is hugely important to the southeast and the industry now has the opportunity to promote easy access directly to the region from these huge catchment areas in Britain.
“The Aer Lingus website is their primary distribution channel and is supported by all of the airline’s marketing activity as well as in their partnership work with tourism agencies. Th