Hopes that extra Waterford Airport links will boost tourism

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 South East region.

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 South East region.

From last Sunday, 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 are being operated under a franchise agreement with Aer Arann.

“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 South East from Luton, Southend or Manchester,” said Waterford Airport CEO Graham Doyle. “Tourism is hugely important to the South East and the industry now has the opportunity to promote easy access directly to the region from these huge catchment areas in Britain.”

“This is a positive time for Waterford Airport as we mark 30 years since the first passenger flights here,” he added. “We are also (marking) our first route with Flybe connecting Ireland’s South East with Birmingham daily.” Also having started on Sunday, the daily flights “present a key tourism opportunity for Ireland’s South East and open up a huge area of the British midlands for Irish holidaymakers, as well as offering a wide range of onward travel options including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dusseldorf and Paris Charles de Gaulle on the same booking.”