Aer Lingus regional hit record numbers thanks to tennis’ SW19

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Aer Lingus regional had its best ever month in June, recording its highest passenger numbers since the short hop branch was founded in March 2010.

Wimbledon and Glastonbury are heralded as reasons behind the successful month, which also marks 12 months of consecutive growth.

While its bigger brother is not enjoying the same growth at the moment, the service operated by Stobart Air carried 130,098 passengers last month which is a 37 per cent increase on the same period in 2013.

June was also the third consecutive month of growth in excess of 30%.
A lot of the increased figures is attributed to a 39% bump on the Dublin to London Southend route, which was assumed to be due to an increase in tennis fans travelling over for the famous Wimbledon tournament.

Passenger numbers on services to Bristol from Dublin, Cork and Shannon also grew, with Aer Lingus regional attributing the rise in numbers to the Glastonbury music festival.

Simon Fagan, chief commercial officer said: “June 2014 was a monumental month for us. Aer Lingus Regional has now enjoyed a full year of consecutive growth, which is a remarkable achievement for Stobart Air, and our partner, Aer Lingus.”

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