Aer Arann resumes Dublin-Belfast service

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NEW YORK -- Irish regional airline Aer Arann reinstated nonstop air service -- unavailable since 1995 -- between the Ireland and Northern Ireland capitals with twice-daily, 40-minute turboprop flights priced from about $68 roundtrip.

The air carrier hopes to carry some 40,000 passengers -- mainly business travelers -- on the Dublin-Belfast route annually.

Aer Arann managing director Padraig O'Ceidigh estimated that 3 million travelers move between the capitals each year: 2 million do so by bus and 1 million by train.

"We are confident that we can capture a substantial percentage of this market," he said.

In other news, Aer Arann also increased Cork-Dublin frequencies to nine flights, starting Oct. 27, and inaugurated daily service from Galway to Manchester, England.

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