Stobart Air, an operator of Aer Lingus regional routes, will increase seat capacity by 20% on Dublin routes from Leeds Bradford Airport starting from 28 October 2019.

The increase will see up to three daily flights on Monday, Friday and Sunday operated by Stobart Air.

The additional seat capacity is expected to meet the demand of Irish and UK business customers who particularly require choice and flexibility in flight times, facilitating onward connections to the US via Aer Lingus transatlantic services. The airline suggests the increase also benefits US customers and Border Protection pre-clearance at Dublin Airport, saving time and avoiding any delays in the US on arrival.

Stobart Air will operate the flights between Leeds and Dublin with an ATR 72-600 aircraft, with the additional capacity totalling an additional 1,700 seats monthly.

John Cunliffe, aviation and commercial director at Leeds Bradford Airport, said the airport is “delighted” to add extra capacity from Leeds to Dublin from Winter 2019, adding, “I am sure this additional capacity will prove popular for business customers. In particular, the new mid-afternoon flight facilitates onward connections with Aer Lingus transatlantic flights, with reduced transfer times and greater choice of connections available.

“The investment of additional capacity by Stobart Air on the route further confirms the economic significance of the Leeds City Region, the largest economy in the UK outside of London,” he continued. “At Leeds Bradford Airport, we offer passenger routes to over 70 direct destinations, with onward connections to all corners of the globe and I am delighted to be working with Stobart Air to support the development both of Leeds Bradford and the wider region”

Graeme Buchanan, managing director at Stobart Air said the additional seats would ensure flexibility for passengers and provide a wider choice for business and leisure customers.

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