Aer Lingus Regional will fly from Dublin to both Southampton and Aberdeen this winter, as franchise operator Emerald Airlines takes delivery of additional aircraft over the coming months.

Emerald Airlines will offer daily services on both routes on behalf of Aer Lingus, using ATR 72-600 turboprop aircraft. Fares start from €37.99 each way.

British Airways operates summer seasonal flights on the Southampton-Dublin route, while Eastern Airways also offers a year-round service between the two cities. Meanwhile Loganair launched flights between Aberdeen and Dublin in September 2021.

Emerald launched franchise flights under the Aer Lingus Regional brand in March 2022, and now operates 22 routes on behalf of the carrier, having added a Dublin-Newcastle service in April.

Emerald Airlines to operate Aer Lingus Regional flights from March 2022

Emerald Airlines said that the new routes form part of a wider expansion strategy “which will come to fruition over the coming months”, including the delivery of five additional ATR 72-600s, allowing it to add capacity and increase frequencies.

Commenting on the news Ciaran Smith, head of commercial at Emerald Airlines, said:

“After a very successful summer season, we are delighted to be upping our frequencies and adding new routes out of Dublin to/from Aberdeen and Southampton.

“With convenient timings and cost-effective flights, we strongly believe these connections will be warmly welcomed by both business and leisure travellers. We look forward to a busy winter ahead!”,