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Founded 1978
Commenced operations 13 January 1982
Ceased operations February 1984
Operating bases Cork Airport
Fleet size See Aircraft operated below
Key people
  • Gerry Connolly (Managing Director)

Avair was an independent Irish airline that operated chartered business flights. It also operated a number of scheduled flights within Ireland, on routes such as Cork-Derry, Dublin-Sligo, Dublin-Waterford, Dublin-Cork and Dublin-Derry, availing of some government subsidies.

Gerry Connolly was the founder and managing director of Avair Ltd. He set up the company in 1978 with investment from Crest Holdings, and operated a twice-weekly service between Cork and Derry.[1]

On 13 January 1982, Avair commenced a domestic commuter service between Cork Airport and Dublin.[2] It also flew to Dublin twice-weekly from Waterford Airport.[3]

The airline was granted a number of international routes between Dublin and Blackpool, Nottingham, East Midlands and Leeds Bradford in the UK.

The airline closed in February 1984 after failing to get further government subsidies. Iona National Airways took over some of the routes such as Dublin-Sligo, and many of the internal Irish routes are now operated by Aer Lingus Regional.

Aircraft operated[edit]

  • 1 x Beech King Air 200
  • 1 x Beech King Air 90
  • 2 x Shorts 330-200[4]