Aer Lingus Regional has announced plans to run a twice-daily route between Dublin and Newcastle from the end of October.

The regional airline, which is operated by Aer Arann on behalf of Aer Lingus, said it hoped to have up to 65,000 passengers using the route in its first year.

It said the flight times were chosen to accommodate business and personal travellers, as well as those looking to take connecting flights to the US.

The first flight operating on the route will take place on 24 October.

Aer Arann said the route’s launch was part of its ‘new beginning’ strategy which aims to return the company to profitability by next year. Routes to Manchester and Birmingham have also been unveiled recently.