Published on December 22nd, 2022 | by Mark Dwyer


Emerald Airlines Joins the European Regions Airline Association

Emerald Airlines, the exclusive operator of the Aer Lingus Regional services, has joined 55 other airline members from across Europe as the newest member of the ERAA. Offering a range of solutions including franchise, wet lease and private charter flying, Emerald Airlines has a fleet of 14 ATR 72-600 aircraft and employs over 400 in its flight operations, M&E, ground handling and support teams. The airline operates Aer Lingus regional flights from Dublin and Belfast City Airport and in summer 2023 will fly more than 580 flights per week across 23 routes with a growing fleet of ATR 72-600 aircraft. The ATR 72-600 forms the backbone of Emerald Airlines’ growing fleet combining unmatched environmental and economic performance.

Montserrat Barriga, Director General, ERAA, said: “I am delighted to welcome Emerald Airlines into ERA’s strong and expansive membership. Whilst it is Ireland’s newest regional carrier, the Emerald management team is made up of highly experienced aviation professionals with extensive worldwide aviation experience. The diversity of ERA’s airline membership ensures the collective voice of the association gains in strength with each new member. I look forward to working with Emerald and watching them grow their business further.”

Conor McCarthy, Founder and CEO of Emerald Airlines, said: “At Emerald Airlines we are providing safe and sustainable air connectivity between Ireland, the UK, and beyond, and so we are delighted to be joining the European Regions Airlines Association. We look forward to working alongside ERA and its other members to continue promoting the sustainable growth of the airline industry.”

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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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