Emerald Airlines (Ireland) is a new Irish regional carrier.
The airline is currently in early startup stages. As of noviembre 2020, the airline has applied to the Republic’s Commission for Aviation Regulation (CAR) for an Air Carrier Operating Licence; if successful, the airline will be given permission to sell flights to the public.
Emerald Airlines is backed by aviation entrepreneur Conor McCarthy, who is a majority shareholder and has extensive experience within the industry (he was the co-founder of AirAsia).
Note: Emerald Airlines is a new airline, not to be confused with Emerald Airways, which was a small UK operator which ceased operations in 2006. There is also an airline based in Zimbabwe which is also called Emerald Airlines — find out more about Emerald Airlines (Zimbabwe) here.
Emerald Airlines has yet to commence flights. Take a look at our guide to domestic flights within the U.K. to discover all the airlines that fly from Ireland to cities across the U.K. Or, take a look at our list of alternative airlines below.
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Emerald Airlines is in a potential position to take over the ‘Aer Lingus Regional’ contract, which will expire in enero 2023. Emerald is said to be in discussions with Aer Lingus about operating the regional network — a contract which could last up to 10 years.
If successful, regional destinations within Ireland that the airline would fly to will likely include: Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Shannon.
Currently bidding for Aer Lingus’ regional contract, Emerald Airlines has stated that it has an ambitious plan to roll out a fleet of 15-plus ATR72 Aer Lingus-branded aircraft. More information regarding the airline's fleet has yet to be announced.
This information has yet to be announced.
How the airline will operate has yet to be announced. If successful in winning the Aer Lingus regional contract, Emerald may act as a virtual airline, operating the flights under the Aer Lingus branding. In this case, the on-board experience, including baggage allowance, will be very similar to what passengers can enjoy when flying with Aer Lingus.
The airline has yet to publish its conditions of carriage, which will include information about check-in.
However, if successful in winning the Aer Ligus regional network, the majority of flights will operate from Dublin Airport. Dublin Airport advises passengers to arrive at check-in no later than 90 minutes prior to scheduled departure.
If successful in winning the ‘Aer Lingus Regional’ network, the majority of flights will operate from Dublin Airport. Dublin Airport (IATA: DUB) is an international airport serving Dublin, the capital city of Ireland. DUB is currently the hub for Aer Lingus. Other airlines that fly to Dublin include:
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Currently, Aer Lingus Regional operates routes from Ireland (Dublin) to destinations across the UK. However, Aer Lingus put its regional contract, which authorises the airline to operate regional services in Britain and Ireland, out for tender earlier this year (2020). It is expected that Emerald Airlines will be challenging other airlines, including Dublin-based Stobart Airlines, to win this contract.