Emerald Airlines, which operates the Aer Lingus Regional services, has today started flying a new route between Dublin and the Isle of Man.

Emerald Airlines will operate six weekly flights between Dublin and the Isle of Man and is the only airline flying directly on the route.

Dalton Phillips, CEO at daa, the owner and operator of Dublin Airport, said the new service is great news for business and leisure passengers in both directions.

"There is huge pent up demand for travel, especially to short-haul destinations, and our team is delighted to have worked so closely with their counterparts in the airline to make this latest new route a reality," Mr Philips said.

"We are looking forward to strong demand in both directions and to working with Emerald Airlines to further expand their network from Dublin and Cork airports as confidence returns to the market," he added.

Ciarán Smith, Head of Commercial at Emerald Airlines, said that as demand increases, travellers are looking for more convenient and affordable options for travel between the Isle of Man and Ireland.