The new Aer Lingus regional route between Dublin and Newquay in Cornwall in the UK started operations today.

Operated by Emerald Airlines, the new route between Dublin and Newquay will start with four flights a week and will fly all year round.

The new route will also connect seamlessly with the Aer Lingus transatlantic network from Dublin Airport.

Ciarán Smith, Head of Commercial at Emerald Airlines, said he was very confident that the new route would be a popular one.

"For those passengers planning holidays over to the US or Canada from Cornwall - it has never been easier, thanks to the seamless connection provided by Aer Lingus when passengers land into Dublin," Mr Smith said.

"We look forward to working both with the team at Cornwall Airport Newquay and our partners in Aer Lingus to ensure the success of this route," he added.

Sam O'Dwyer, Managing Director at Cornwall Airport Newquay, said the airport was delighted to welcome Emerald Airlines as its first new airline to Newquay this year and to be operating this very popular route between Ireland and Cornwall.

"It's a welcome sight to see Aer Lingus Regional here at Newquay and we look forward to working with Emerald Airlines to develop the partnership further in the coming years," he said.