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Aer Arran: How Is It Performing? Anyone Flown It?

Sat Feb 05, 2005 11:16 pm

How is Aer Arran performing from DUB? Are its domestic routes performing well? Even one-way fares for tomorrow are not overly expensive - generally 50 EUR or less including tax. Perhaps this is indicative of relatively poor yields and loads. Who knows?

Has anyone here flown Aer Arran? How was it?
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RE: Aer Arran: How Is It Performing? Anyone Flown It?

Sat Feb 05, 2005 11:42 pm

These routes maybe with the exception of Cork and Kerry are operating because of the PSO contract they have with the Irish government only. Kerry is part of the PSO contract but is doing quite well from what I heard. The PSO contract for all Irish regional routes is up for renewal and there obviously are a lot of airlines interested in taking it over.
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RE: Aer Arran: How Is It Performing? Anyone Flown It?

Sun Feb 06, 2005 1:12 am

Aer Arann seem to be doing quite well in ORK Pe@rson, they have a fairly good mix of flights to BHD, BHX and EDI along with SOU and BRS (although the frequencies are not too helpful). Their fares can be very good if you catch them at the right time particularly to KIR and ORK as they have a good number of flights - its not uncommon to pick up EUR14.95 each way + tax for the less popular flights. Whenever i have flown them they seem to have good loads. Impressively they received the Bronze regional airline of the year award from the ERA in 2004. Service can be patchy however and when any bad weather comes the whole schedule falls apart quite quickley - they got some very bad press about 3 weeks ago due to this.

Financially the PSO (Public Service Obligation) contracts help them make some bucks on Sligo, Donegal and Galway but most comes from KIR-DUB, ORK-DUB and the IRL-UK routes. They failed on SNN-DUB as well as an attempt to make it in the Isle of Man market with only DUB remaining. Likewise Sheffield was a short lived experiment. They seemed to have been in a period of consolidation for the past year after such high growth in a short time. The PSO routes are being re-awarded this year and apparently Aer Arann are not quite so popular with the Irish government after the debacle with EuroCeltic so look for FlyBe, Loganair, Aer Lingus (rumoured) or other continental regionals to try and get in on the action.


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