Aer Lingus Regional flights are operated by Emerald Airlines and they have recently started Dublin to Liverpool. That came in handy when it was time to go to the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest, so I switched my flights from my original destination of Manchester.
My ticket had been booked for something else, converted to a voucher, then re-used and changed. It ended up beinga flexible ticket, which meant I was eligible for Fast-Track Security in Terminal 2, as well as lounge access.
Aer Lingus Lounge Dublin Terminal 2
I spent maybe an hour in the lounge this time, which was pleasant, especially as it’s been refurbished relatively recently. There were plenty of places to sit and I decided to get some Danish and a Latte from the Barista. The fact it has wireless device charging available makes me happy too.
My gate was located underneath where I was situated, which meant heading down a couple of flights of stairs. Down there I met up with a friend who was also travelling to Eurovision, who had been re-routed via Dublin. We attempted to get him switched to my flight, but we were not fast enough, alas.
EI3192 – Dublin to Liverpool (DUB-LPL)
12 May 2023
ATR 72-600 – EI-GPN – St. Tiernan
Seat: Economy 18A
Departure: 11:15 Arrival: 12:15
Boarding commenced and as is common with the Aer Lingus Regional flights we all boarded a bus. That then drove all over the airport it seemed, until we arrived at our aircraft.
I wouldn’t say I’m a fan of being bussed to a plane, in fact I’d have to say I pretty much hate it. Luckily the plane wasn’t very full so it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.
Flying from Dublin to Liverpool
Pre-flight I had selected a seat in row 18, the very last one on the plane. The reason for this is simple – the main boarding door on the ATR 72-600 is at the back. That means first off and I also lucked out with nobody beside me.
Once boarding was complete, we were given the safety demonstration and headed to the runway. We raced a Turkish Airlines Airbus A330 to the start of the runway and zipped up into the sky.
The cabin crew did an inflight service, with quite a lot of people buying from the menu. They only accept card payment, which is good as it meant things progressed quickly. I did not order anything as it was a very short flight and soon enough we landed.
Aer Lingus Regional operated a very well oiled, on time and seamless flight from Dublin to Liverpool. You make your booking on the Aer Lingus website and for all intents and purposes it is just the same as the main airline. The ATR 72-600 is comfortable enough and the on board service was all very pleasant with no surprises.
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Seems painless enough even with the epic bus tour of DUB. Out of curiosity, is there a nickname for the Irish Sea similar to crossing “The Pond” (Atlantic) or “The Ditch” for the Tasman?
Yeah it was fine all round. I don’t think there is a nickname for the Irish Sea – at least not one I know of!!