Dublin-based Stobart Air, which operates the Aer Lingus Regional service, is to create 60 jobs and invest €25m as it boosts its relationship with British airline Flybe. Stobart Air said it expects to carry more than 2m passengers this year, up 500,000 on last year.
Chief financial officer Graeme Buchanan has been appointed Managing Director at the Irish airline, and will report to former EasyJet executive Warwick Brady, who is currently the deputy chief executive at Stobart Group but will take over as CEO in July. Stobart Air announced last year that it was deepening its links with Flybe by operating 12 new routes for the airline out of London Southend Airport, which is owned by the Stobart Group, from this summer.
It previously said that two Embraer jets would be used on the routes, having been placed with Stobart Air by Flybe for up to an initial 20-month period.
It’s understood that Stobart Air is also planning to relaunch a Flybe service between Southend and Dublin – a service operated in the past by Aer Lingus – later this year using one of the new jets.