Aer Lingus is introducing a temporary replacement schedule for a number of its regional routes, which were cancelled yesterday following the sudden announcement from Stobart Air that it was immediately ceasing its contract to operate the services.

The temporary schedule starts today and will cover seven of the 12 affected regional routes for at least a week.

Stobart Air said its closure was unavoidable, citing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, while a recent attempt to sell the airline fell through at the last minute.

Aer Lingus has developed temporary plans to replace seven of the routes, which will operate for at least the next week.

The airline will operate the Dublin/Edinburgh, Dublin/Manchester, Belfast City/Manchester, Belfast City/Birmingham and Belfast City/Edinburgh routes.

BA City Flyer will operate the Belfast City/Exeter route and the Belfast City/Leeds Bradford route.

However, there are no plans yet in place to resume the two public service routes, from Dublin to Kerry, and from Dublin to Donegal.

Chair of Donegal Airport, Steve Ó Cúláin, has said the Government is to begin the process tomorrow to find an alternative service provider for the airport.

Meanwhile, all impacted customers are being contacted directly and offered an alternative flight where feasible.

They will also have the option of a full refund.

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