Aer Arann seem to be doing quite well in ORK
Pe@rson, they have a fairly good mix of flights to BHD
along with SOU
(although the frequencies are not too helpful). Their fares can be very good if you catch them at the right time particularly to KIR
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
and the IRL-UK routes. They failed on SNN
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.