Published on February 25th, 2018 | by Mark Dwyer


Aer Southeast to begin Flights this Year

In a brief post on their Official Facebook page, Aer Southeast have announced that they will begin flights this year. The statement says “Aer Southeast is now a part of a company which has its own Airline Operating License, AOC. It’s been a long road, but a lot of work has been done behind the scenes in order to secure the operation.”

No further information has been provided about which company will provide the service or when flights will commence.

The airline postponed its planned 24th July 2017 launch of services to London Luton, Manchester and Birmingham following a decision by the Commission for Aviation Regulation (CAR) to force the airline to stop selling tickets for the routes as it had not applied for a tour operator’s licence.

In a statement at the time by the CEO, Einar Adalsteinsson, said the airline pledged to refund all passengers 100% beginning today as “It is now clear that we will not be able to launch our service on July 24th as originally planned but we look forward to welcoming our customers aboard our maiden flight later on this summer”. The airline had planned to start operations using a leased SAAB 340 aircraft.

Waterford Airport was thrown a lifeline from the government in December with Emergency funding of €375,000. The funding will keep the airport operational until June which will give management some space to secure a new commercial air service. Waterford Airport has been without commercial flights since June 2016.

The Aer Southeast website is still offline.

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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