Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann, today launched its first flight from Dublin to Manchester.

The airline will now operate two daily return flights to Manchester from Dublin Airport and aims to fly up to 40,000 extra passengers on the route this year.

Aer Arann, which operates Aer Lingus Regional, recently announced a package of measures to grow the airline as part of its ‘new beginning’ strategy.

These measures included the expansion of services to Manchester through a new route from Dublin Airport.

As part of the airline’s new strategy, Aer Arann recently collected the first of eight new planes in a contract valued at almost €144m. The first of the new aircraft will operate the Manchester route.

Aer Arann operates 550 flights per week across 27 routes in Ireland, the UK and France.