Aer Lingus Regional has announced a daily service between Shannon Airport and Bristol, along with the expansion of two services already serving the airport.

The airline, which is operated by Aer Arann, will begin the Shannon-Bristol service from 3 April while its Shannon-Birmingham and Shannon-Manchester routes will also gain additional daily flights.

Aer Lingus Regional said the flights would create 20 new jobs at the airport, with 100,000 more passengers due to fly with the airline each year as a result.

It said the announcements were a direct result of the Government’s decision to reduce the air travel tax to zero in Budget 2014 and that more route and service announcements from other airports would be made soon.

Aer Lingus Regional said it aims to double its passenger numbers to two million over the next five years. This year it has seen a 10% rise in passengers compared to 2012.

The airline offers customs pre-clearance for passengers from Birmingham and Manchester should they be flying with Aer Lingus to New York or Boston.