Today – Friday, 23 May – was the busiest day of operations for Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, since the airline signed its franchise agreement with Aer Lingus in March 2010.

Over 5,500 passengers were booked to travel on 100 flights on all 27 of the airline’s routes. It is the second time since the franchise agreement that the airline has flown over 5,000 passengers in a single day.

Due to strong demand, a number of extra flights were added on the airline’s routes today to Cardiff and Bristol for the Heineken Cup Final. The Kerry-Dublin route today continues to see strong demand.  Last month the airline reported a 38pc increase in its Dublin-Kerry service.

For the first time, 100 Aer Lingus Regional flights were operated on a single day from Cork, Dublin and Shannon to its UK destinations.

The 5,525 passengers that have booked to travel today is 8pc greater than the previous record set on 17 April this year.  The passenger numbers flown today is 52pc more than the same day last year.

“The passenger figures today show the substantial progress that the airline has made since the franchise agreement was signed with Aer Lingus in March 2010,” said Simon Fagan, chief commercial officer.

“Last month saw our 10th consecutive month of growth with a 35pc increase in passenger numbers on all our routes.

“Services on our Scotland routes have been particularly busy with 30 flights operated between Ireland and Scotland today.  This is helped by easy connectivity to Aer Lingus’ transatlantic service at Dublin airport.

“Aer Lingus Regional services are not affected by the planned industrial action on Friday, 30 May and a full Aer Lingus Regional schedule is planned to operate as normal, from Dublin, Cork and Shannon over the June bank holiday weekend and throughout the summer season.”