Waterford Airport in the south east of Ireland will have scheduled services once again from July. The airport has no scheduled service at the moment with the last services being flown by VLM in 2016.
A new airline startup called Aer Southeast will be flying Saab 340 aircraft between Waterford and London Luton from 24 July. Routes to Manchester and Birmingham are also planned to go on sale shortly.
The airport is located just over 7km from the city of Waterford, which has a population of 55,000. The closest main airport is Cork Airport which is about 133km away while Dublin Airport is around 180km away.
Aer Arann used to fly between Galway and Waterford with ATR 42 aircraft. I took the flight once and found both airports to be extremely small regional facilities which both closed to scheduled traffic soon after.
It appears to me that Aer Southeast has been created specifically to open up scheduled services from Waterford. The Irish Independent reports the airline is owned by SkyTruckers Ltd which has backing from Irish and Scandinavian investors.
Looking at Aer Southeast’s web site shows a big picture of the airport sign and when looking at Youth Fares the text mentions a fine of “Kr 300” which must point to the Scandinavian investment angle. Flights are available for reservations from 20 June 2017.
The announcement of new scheduled routes from Waterford with a brand new Irish airline is a surprise. It looks like flights depart at 09:30 daily, arriving at 11:00. The return from London Luton leaves at 11:30 and arrives back in Ireland at 13:00.
I certainly didn’t expect anything like this, but it is good news for people in the region who need to travel to the UK. The Saab 340 seats around 34 passengers so hopefully this will match well with demand. Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
Featured image via Aer Southeast.