Aer Lingus Regional is an airline operated on behalf of parent company Aer Lingus. The airline operates primarily commuter and regional services between Ireland and the United Kingdom, however, at present due to contract changes the airline isn't operating any services until 2022. Previously, Stobart Air operated services for Aer Lingus Regional with a fleet of ATR-72 aircraft, however, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic Stobart Air went into liquidation, ceasing all services. It was announced that Emerald Air was the successful candidate and a new contract was awarded to them by Aer Lingus to operate services for the Aer Lingus Regional brand starting in 2022.
Aer Lingus Regional has different baggage policies for carry-on and checked baggage.
You are permitted to bring 2 pieces of cabin baggage on board, free of charge. This includes one cabin case which should not weigh more than 7kg and fit within the allowed 48 x 33 x 20cm dimensions, plus 1 personal item, such as a ladies handbag, briefcase or small backpack, with a maximum size of 25 x 33 x 20cm. Please be aware that if travelling on an Aer Lingus Regional service but connecting onto a mainline Aer Lingus service in Dublin then this baggage policy applies for both flights.
Checked baggage will depend on the fare type selected. If you have chosen the airlines Saver fare then unfortunately you do not receive a suitcase as part of your ticket and are only allowed to travel with the approved cabin bag policy. If you have selected the airlines Plus or Advantage fares then a checked case is included. You are allowed to bring 1 suitcase with you, but this should not weigh more than 20kg.
Aer Lingus Regional only offers one style of cabin onboard their aircraft as they are smaller regional planes.
The airline offers 3 different 3 fare types each offering different benefits, however, regardless of ticket type, the onboard experience remains the same. Complimentary drinks, snacks and meals arent included during the flight and entertainment including Wifi haven't been installed. Onboard the aircraft you can expect a layout of 2x2 across with a seat pitch of between 29 - 31" and a width of 17". The 3 airfares for you to choose from on Aer Lingus Regional services are Saver, Plus and Advantage.
This is the base fare for the airline where you are entitled to bring 1 piece of cabin baggage weighing up to 7kg. Additionally, the airline allows you to change your flights at no additional cost, however, any difference in price will be charged. However, the airline does not allow cancellations or cash refunds. You are able to gain Avios for flights on this fare type.
If you are travelling on a Plus ticket then you are allowed to bring 1 piece of cabin baggage weighing up to 7kg as well as 1 checked case, which should not exceed the 20kg weight limit. You are also able to reserve your seat prior to departure with this ticket type and are allowed to be added to a standby list for earlier flights. However, like saver tickets you arent entitled to cancellations or cash refunds, changes are allowed with no additional charges and Avios will be gained on this flight.
For more flexibility and comfort purchase the airline's Advantage ticket type. Like the previous fare types, you will also be allowed 1 cabin bag of 7kg as well as 1 checked case weighing up to 20kg. You are able to pre-reserve your seat and join a standby list for earlier flights like their plus passengers. However, if travelling with an advantage ticket then you are able to access the airline's lounges complimentary and be fast-tracked through airport security. Change fees will not be applied if this is a service you wish to use or you are allowed to cancel your flight and receive a cash refund. You will also be rewarded with Avios on this ticket type.
Aer Lingus Regional doesn't offer wifi on their aircraft or inflight entertainment. However, the airline does include their Cara inflight magazine for you to browse as well as their inflight boutique and duty-free service to purchase a range of products.
Flights with Aer Lingus Regional haven't got a complimentary food and beverage service. However, if you are feeling peckish or thirsty then you will be able to purchase a range of drinks and snacks from the onboard bistro. Check the Bia menu in the seat pocket for more information. The airline currently offerers soft drinks, fruit juices, tea and coffee as well as alcoholic beverages such as spirits, beers and wine. You are also able to purchase a range of snacks and meals including pasta, sandwiches and wraps or purchase one of the airline's meal deals. Please be aware that card payments are only accepted on board, which includes contactless payments.
Aer Lingus Regional passengers can choose to check online or at the airport.
Although operated by Emerald Airlines online check-in is available for Aer Lingus Regional passengers. You will be able to check-in via the Aer Lingus website or by the Aer Lingus app. Check-in opens IP to 30 days before departure and closes 2 before the scheduled departure for flights to the UK and Ireland. You can easily check-in and print/save your boarding card before arriving at the airport to save time. If travelling with cabin baggage only then head straight through to security. If you have a suitcase then head to one of the Aer Lingus bag drop desks.
If you would prefer check-in at the airport then this is still an option. Head to one of the Aer Lingus desks where a member of staff will be able to do so. Please note that check-in closes 45 minutes before departure. The airline recommends that you arrive at the airport at least 2 hours before for flights between the UK, Ireland and Europe.
Mainline Aer Lingus has a frequent flyer program which was rebranded in recent years to AerClub. This program uses Avios as its currency meaning you are able to earn and redeem miles on Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia and Vueling as well as regional airlines BA CityFlyer, Iberia Express, Iberia Regional and Aer Lingus Regional plus a range of other airline and hotel partners. As Aer Lingus Regional is a brand of mainline Aer Lingus, you are also able to enjoy the benefits of AerClub on these services.
AerClub has 4 membership tiers;
Collect Avios on flights, retail, travel and leisure partners. Spend Avios on flights. Earn tier credits on Aer Lingus flights. Exclusive AerClub reward offers.
Everything from green plus priority check-in, boarding and fast track. Lounge access and partner lounge access plus complimentary 10kg carry on case.
Everything from silver as well as lounge access for a companion, priority waitlist and a complimentary upgrade.
Everything from Platinum plus a dedicated concierge, companion ticket and guaranteed seat on full flights. Free wifi on enabled flights, booking fee charges removal*, travel earlier than expected and complimentary membership
*Change and refund administration fees waived
As of December 2021, Aer Lingus Regional isn't currently operating any services, however, the airline is planning to relaunch services from March 2022. Upon relaunching services the following destinations will include:
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Dublin Airport is the main hub airport for both mainline Aer Lingus as well as Aer Lingus Regional. The airport also acts as a major base airport for rival Irish airline Ryanair. Dublin Airport is located north of Dublin City centre in the Swords area of the county. The airport has 2 runways as well as 2 airports, able to handle over 22m passengers yearly. Aer Lingus and Aer Lingus Regional operate out of the newer T2, where other long-haul and US airlines operate out of. Dublin is one of few airports globally that allow United States Customs Pre-Clearance, where travellers can pass customs and immigration for the US while still in Ireland. Although still in Ireland, this is undertaken by the US Customs and Border Protection Agency.
Dublin Airport offers a diverse and extensive route map operated by a host of airlines including Aegean Airlines, Air Europa, Air Canada, Air Moldova, Air Transat, American Airlines, Blue Air, British Airways, FlyOne, Ryanair, SunExpress, Transavia, United Airlines and many others.
Aer Lingus Regional doesn't have its own aircraft as the services are contractually operated by Emerald Airlines and their aircraft. However, the aircraft which are used for these services are the ATR-600 aircraft. Emerald Airlines currently has 2 aircraft with a further 8 on order to be used for Aer Lingus Regional services.