Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar has said the announcement of a new Aer Lingus Regional route from Dublin to Newcastle, along with 50 extra flights on existing routes, is another positive development for Irish tourism and aviation.
“These extra flights on existing routes and the new service to Newcastle will provide extra seats for the winter season. The flights are operated by Aer Arann and represent good news for Irish tourism, business and aviation. They will provide more connections from Ireland directly to the UK, and more options for UK tourists to travel to Ireland.
“Aviation is an Irish success story and has been the focus of this Government since it was elected. Budget 2014 reduced the Travel Tax to €0, and maintained the special tourism VAT rate at 9%. This follows earlier measures to encourage investment in aviation facilities.
“These new flights from Aer Lingus Regional follow Ryanair’s announcement last week of eight new flights and services from Shannon.”