Aer Arann Islands
|Operating bases||Connemara Airport|
|Key people||Pádraig Ó Céidigh (Chairman)|
Aer Arann Islands was established in 1970 by James Coen and Ralph Langan to provide an island-hopping air service between Galway and the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland. Operations, using a single Britten-Norman Islander, began in August 1970. This service has since been moved to the less distant Connemara Airport. Pádraig Ó Céidigh acquired the airline in 1994. As of 2014 it still used Islander aircraft.
After failing to win a 4-year Public Service Obligation (PSO) contract for services to the Aran Islands, the airline had been due to terminate services on 30 September 2015, to be replaced by Executive Helicopters services from Galway Airport. However, a reprieve was granted due to protest over the change of airport and loss of local jobs and the tender was withdrawn. Aer Arann Islands will continue services until at least February 2016, pending a revised tender launch.
|Britten-Norman Islander BN2A||2||–||9|
|Britten-Norman Islander BN2B||1||–||9|
Aer Arann Islands destinations
- Aran Islands
- Inis Meáin
- Inis Mór (Inishmore Aerodrome)
- Inis Oírr
- Ireland (mainland)
- Connemara Airport Base
- "Contact." Aer Arann Islands. Retrieved on May 15, 2016. "Address: Aer Arann Islands, An Caislean, Inverin, Co. Galway, Ireland."
- "Aran Islands Reprieve". Airliner World: 7. November 2015.
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