Aer Arann - which operates the Aer Lingus Regional flights - has said it will create 50 jobs over the next 12 months and wants to double its passenger numbers to two million a year over the next five years.

A new strategy at the airline aims to make it one of the top European regional airlines.

The new jobs are for cabin crew, engineering and support roles and will bring staff numbers to 370.

The airline, following a recent restructuring, is owned by UK logistics group Stobart and Invesco Asset Management, which each control a 45% stake and London-based Cenkos Securities which owns about 10%.