Waterford Airport in Ireland has announced the advent of a new commercial airline which will be based at Waterford and fly to London Luton airport, Manchester airport and Birmingham airport from 24 July 2017.
Aer Southeast will operate a Saab 340 turboprop that can carry up to 34 passengers. Flights to London will operate six times per week, while trips to Manchester and Birmingham will each operate three times each week.
A spokeswoman for Waterford Airport told Fora that the airline will operate under a lease agreement with a European carrier that holds an Irish air operator certificate.
In June 2016, Waterford lost its only commercial flights when Belgian carrier VLM pulled its service to London Luton. Since then, the airport has only handled private jets and a coastguard helicopter.
Waterford Airport chief executive Desmond O’Flynn said: “I am delighted that Aer Southeast will resume three scheduled air services to the UK, all of which have proved their worth and their vital importance to the South East over many years.
“I am also very pleased to welcome this Scandinavian consortium to Waterford.
“We look forward to working closely with SkyTruckers [the company behind Aer Southeast], as once again regular and sustainable air links to key cities in the UK are operated over the coming months and years.”