Published on January 17th, 2023 | by Alan Dwyer


Emerald Celebrates 1 Million Passengers

On Monday lunchtime, Emerald Airlines marked a major milestone, with the celebration of its one millionth passenger, less than 12 months since its inaugural flight from Donegal to Dublin. The lucky Brady Family, travelling on flight EI3304 from Dublin Airport to Southampton were awarded four complimentary, roundtrip tickets to use anywhere on the Emerald Airlines/Aer Lingus Regional route network. Born out of a pandemic, the airline began flying on the Dublin-Donegal route on 26th February 2022 and has experienced significant growth ever since. By Summer 2023 it will fly 25 routes with 15 from Dublin and 10 routes from Belfast, operating over 580 flights per week.

Emerald Airlines recently announced its Summer 2023 Schedule, with over 1.5 million seats on sale this Summer Season, with new routes from Belfast to Jersey and Newquay, along with an increase in frequency on popular services including a doubling of seats on Dublin-Southampton and Dublin-Jersey. In addition, the airline has added more flights on high-frequency routes including Dublin-Glasgow, Dublin-Edinburgh, Belfast-Manchester, and Belfast-Birmingham. The new routes and additional frequencies form part of Emerald Airlines’ wider expansion strategy, which will come to fruition over the coming months; seeing the delivery of additional aircraft, adding further capacity, and further increasing frequencies. Passengers travelling on the Aer Lingus Regional network can also seamlessly connect onto a number of routes on the wider Aer Lingus transatlantic network from Dublin Airport.

Commenting as he met with the Brady family on the tarmac at Dublin Airport before their departure, the Executive Chairman of Emerald Airlines, Conor McCarthy said, “Today is a tremendous milestone for us at Emerald Airlines. Having only operated our very first flight less than 12 months ago, to have just welcomed our one millionth passenger in such a short time frame is a really great achievement by the whole team here at Emerald. We wish the Brady Family a really enjoyable trip and we look forward to welcoming them on board many times more in the future!”

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