Aer Lingus Regional is to commence a new direct service between Dublin and Cornwall from May 2015, the airline has announced.

Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air on behalf of Aer Lingus, flies to a number of smaller airports in Ireland and Britain and has been expanding its services in recent months.

It said the service to Newquay Cornwall Airport will begin with four flights per week, rising to five during peak summer months.

The carrier said it hoped to carry 20,000 passengers on the service in its first year, boosted by British travellers using it as a connection for Aer Lingus’ trans-Atlantic flights.