Aer Lingus at one stage operated a hub-concept at MAN
, virtually all Dublin-Europe flights were routed through Manchester for many years, helping fill the aircraft and allowing service to destinations that would probably otherwise not have been viable at the time.
In 1989 the following were served via Manchester
The 5th freedom Manchester-Europe services started in the 1960s with BAC1-11s and later operated with 737s until the late 1990s when the DUB
route finally closed after being operated with the BAE146 towards the end.
There was of course MAN
operated for winter 1994/1995 with the A330. The route ended fairly quickly as Continental had announced non-stop MAN
flights for 1995, together with the existing BA
service on the MAN
route the market was already crowded. In fact thinking about it I'm not even sure MAN
did ever operate with the A330... Perhaps someone could confirm?
Aer Lingus at one stage also planned a MAN
flight with the A330 for 1995, but this idea was dropped when the JFK
flight was dropped. The Manchester-based A330 seemed to be an attempt to fill the SNN
Trans-Atlantic flights when they were initially separated from the DUB
services, which given the short-lived nature of the services indicates the experiment wasn't a success!