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Ireland is the westernmost and second largest of the British Isles/Republic of Ireland, in the North Atlantic Ocean, and separated from Great Britain by St. George's Channel on the southeast, the Irish Sea on the east, and the North Channel on the northeast. The island is divided into four historical provinces-Connacht, Leinster, Munster, and Ulster-and administrative units called counties. The area of the island is 84,431 sq km (32,599 sq mi) (Republic of Ireland, 70,283 sq km/27,136 sq mi; Northern Ireland, 14,148 sq km/5463 sq mi)
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June 25, 2017

CHC (Ireland) is a passenger charter carrier out of Shannon International (SNN) [added]

June 22, 2017

Aer Southeast is a planned carrier set to commence operations out of  Waterford on 24Jul2017 [added]

February 13, 2017

Shannon Air was a non-scheduled operator that was formed in 1964 & ceased operations in 1966 [added]

Airline Status Operating Dates
Aer Arann   

Renamed

1970 - 2011

^ Comments : Aer Arann was formed in 1970 by James Coen and Ralph Langan & started operations on 16Aug1970

^ Genealogy : Aer Arann >Aer Arann Regional >Stobart Air

Aer Arann Islands  updated

Active

1970 - date

^ Comments : Aer Arann Islands was formed in 1970 by James Coen and Ralph Langan & began operations in Aug1970 (Scheduled and charter domestic passenger airline serving the Aran Islands from Connemara Regional Airport)

^ Genealogy :  

Aer Arann Regional   

Renamed

2011 - 2014

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Aer Arann >Aer Arann Regional >Stobart Air

Aer Atlantic   

Unsure

1996* - 1996*

^ Comments :  

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Aer Leisure   

Inactive

1999 - 2000

^ Comments :  

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Aer Lingus (Irish International)   

Active

1936 - date

^ Comments : AER LINGUS was formed on 15Apr1936 & first service was on 27May1936. Originally the domestic side of the airline with AER RIANTE and AERLINTE EIREANN TEORANTE handling the international. Both airlines were integrated in in 1970. The airline formed AER LINGUS COMMUTER in1984 and integrated it back in 2001. First European operator of F27 aircraft. International and regional passenger and cargo airline

^ Genealogy : >Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus Commuter   

Renamed

1984 - 2001

^ Comments : Aer Lingus Commuter was formed in 1984 as the commuter division of Aer Lingus {AER LINGUS was formed on 15Apr1936 & first service was on 27May1936. Originally the domestic side of the airline with AER RIANTE and AERLINTE EIREANN TEORANTE handling the international. Both airlines were integrated in in 1970. The airline formed AER LINGUS COMMUTER in1984 and integrated it back in 2001. First European operator of F27 aircraft. International and regional passenger and cargo airline]

^ Genealogy : Aer Lingus Commuter >>Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus Regional   

Active

2010 - date

^ Comments : Aer Lingus Regional was founded on 26Jan2010 & commenced operations on 28Mar2010

^ Genealogy :  

Aer Lingus Teoranta   

Renamed

1936 - 1970

^ Comments : Aer Lingus Teoranta was registered as an airline on 22May1936 [AER LINGUS was formed on 15Apr1936 & first service was on 27May1936. Originally the domestic side of the airline with AER RIANTE and AERLINTE EIREANN TEORANTE handling the international. Both airlines were integrated in in 1970. The airline formed AER LINGUS COMMUTER in1984 and integrated it back in 2001. First European operator of F27 aircraft. International and regional passenger and cargo airline]

^ Genealogy : >Aer Lingus

Aer Southeast  added

Planned

2017 >

^ Comments : Aer Southeast is a planned carrier set to commence operations out of the southeastern town of Waterford on 24Jul2017. It intends to use a Saab340offering 6x weekly flights to London Luton, 3x weekly flights to Manchester Int'l, and a 3x weekly service to Birmingham Int'l

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Aer Turas Teoranta (Irish Cargo Airlines)   

Inactive

1962 - 2003

^ Comments : Aer Turas Teoranta was formed in 1962 & offered regional & international, passenger & cargo services from Dublin specialising in the transport of livestock from Stansted. Cceased operations in Apr2003

^ Genealogy :  

Aerfair   

Not started

(2010)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Aerlínte Éireann   

Not started

(1947)

^ Comments : Aerlínte Éireann was started to operate flights to New Yorky from Ireland but a change of government & a financial crisis prevented the service from starting

^ Genealogy :  

Aerlinte Eireann Teorante   

Renamed

1958 - 1970

^ Comments : Aerlinte Eireann Teorantes was formed in 1946 & its first transatlantic service leaves Dublin & Shannon for NY on 28Apr1958 [AER LINGUS was formed on 15Apr1936 & first service was on 27May1936. Originally the domestic side of the airline with AER RIANTE and AERLINTE EIREANN TEORANTE handling the international. Both airlines were integrated in in 1970. The airline formed AER LINGUS COMMUTER in1984 and integrated it back in 2001. First European operator of F27 aircraft. International and regional passenger and cargo airline]

^ Genealogy : Aerlinte Eireann Teorante >Aer Lingus

Air Contractors   

Renamed

1998 - 2015

^ Comments : ASL was formed as ABC at East Midlands Airport. Operations started on 30Jun1972. Rebranded to Hunting Cargo Airlines in Sep1992. Became Air Contractors in Jun1998

^ Genealogy : ABC >Air Bridge >Hunting Cargo Airlines >Air Contractors >ASL Airlines Ireland

Air Exports   

Unconfirmed

(****)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Air Lucht   

Not started

(2004)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Apple Air Services   

Unsure

**** - ****

^ Comments :  

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ASL Airlines Ireland   

Active

2015 - date

^ Comments : ASL was formed as ABC at East Midlands Airport on 30Jun1972. Rebranded to Hunting Cargo Airlines in Sep1992. Became Air Contractors in Jun1998

^ Genealogy : ABC >Air Bridge >Hunting Cargo Airlines >Air Contractors >ASL Airlines Ireland

Avair   

Inactive

1978* - 1984

^ Comments : Gerry Connolly was the founder and Managing Director, Avair Ltd. Connolly set up Avair in 1978 with investment from Crest Holdings and operated a twice weekly service between Cork and Derry. On 13Jan1982, Avair commenced a domestic commuter service between Cork Airport and Dublin. Avair also flew to Dublin twice weekly from Waterford Airport. The airline was granted a number for international routes between Dublin and Blackpool, Nottingham, East Midlands and Leeds Bradford in the UK. The airline closed in Feb1984 after failing to get further government subsidies. Iona National Airways took over some of the Avair routes such as Dublin-Sligo, and many of the internal Irish routes were operated by Aer Arran

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Aviajet   

Active

1983* - date

^ Comments :  

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Benedar Air   

Unsure

1961* - 1961*

^ Comments :  

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Business City Direct   

Renamed

1992 - 1993

^ Comments : CityJet was formed as Business City Direct in 1992 by Patrick Byrne. Operations started 12Jan1994 after being renamed

^ Genealogy : Business City Direct >CityJet

Camus Airways   

Not started

(1996)

^ Comments :  

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Capel Air (Reindeer Travel)   

Inactive

1971* - 1980

^ Comments :  

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Celtic Airways   

Not started

(2001)

^ Comments :  

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Chartavia   

Not started

(1998*)

^ Comments :  

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CHC (Ireland)  added

Active

2012* - date

^ Comments : CHC (Ireland) is a passenger charter carrier out of Shannon International (SNN)

^ Genealogy :  

CityJet   

Active

1994 - date

^ Comments : CityJet was formed as Business City Direct by Patrick Byrne in Sep1992 & operations started 12Jan1994 after being renamed

^ Genealogy : Business City Direct >CityJet

Club Air   

Unconfirmed

(****)

^ Comments :  

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Clyden Airways   

Inactive

1978 - 1981*

^ Comments :  

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Cork Air Carriers   

Inactive

1974 - 1974

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Cork Aviation Centre   

Unsure

1998* - 1998*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

EirJet   

Inactive

2004 - 2006

^ Comments : EirJet was founded in 2004 & commenced operations on 23Dec2004. Ceased operations on 18Oct2006

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EUjet   

Inactive

2003 - 2005

^ Comments : EUjet ceased operations on 25Jul2005 & went into administration on 26Jul2005

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Euro West Airlines   

Not started

(1996*)

^ Comments :  

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Euroceltic Airways  updated

Inactive

2001 - 2003

^ Comments : Established by Diran Kazandjian in 1999 and started operations from Luton Airport to Waterford, Eire in early 2001. Collapsed in early 2003 after a F.27 crash in 2002 and ceased operations

^ Genealogy :  

Eurojet   

Unsure

2003* - 2003*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

ExpressJet Europe  updated

Not started

(2007)

^ Comments : Founded in 2004. Regional feeder carrier being developed by Jochen Scnadt (ex-Jetmagic) and the US airline ExpressJet Airlines. Did not start operations

^ Genealogy :  

Exxavia   

Not started

(2005)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

FlyBe Ireland   

Not started

(2013)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

FlyU   

Inactive

2006* - 2008

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

FreshAer   

Not started

(2003*)

^ Comments :  

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Futura Gael  updated

Inactive

2007 - 2008

^ Comments : Was founded in 2007. Holiday charter services based in Dublin, Ireland, wholly owned by Futura International Airways. Ceased operations on 08Sep2008 when the parent company failed

^ Genealogy :  

GenAir  updated

Not started

(1979)

^ Comments : GenAir was founded in 1978 but did not start operations

^ Genealogy :  

Harbour Air Ireland   

Renamed

2010 - 2010

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : >Harbour Flights

Harbour Flights Ireland   

Not started

(2010)

^ Comments :  

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Hibernian Airlines (Air Charters of Ireland)  updated

Inactive

1966 - 1967

^ Comments : Hibernian Airlines was formed in 1966 & started general passenger and cargo charter operations on 05Apr1966. Dublin based ad-hoc charter carrier. Purchased EMERALD AIRWAYS but ceased operations in 1967

^ Genealogy : Emerald Airways (Belfast) >>Hibernian Airlines (Ireland)

Interconair   

Inactive

1977 - 1979*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Iona National Airways   

Inactive

1930 - 1933

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Iona National Airways   

Inactive

1959 - 1995

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Ireland Airways (El Air Exports)  updated

Inactive

1991* - 1998

^ Comments : Ireland Airways was formed in 1991. Regional airline that ceased operating in 1998

^ Genealogy :  

Ireland West Airways   

Unsure

1968* - 1971*

^ Comments : Ireland West Airways was based at Dublin airport and operated to Castlebar, Galway, Tralee as well as to Shannon and Kerry

^ Genealogy :  

Irish Airways   

Not started

(1930*)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Irish Airways   

Inactive

1993 - 1993

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Irish Aviation   

Inactive

1931 - 1931*

^ Comments :  

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JetBird   

Not started

(2010*)

^ Comments :  

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JetGreen Airways   

Inactive

2004 - 2004

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Jetmagic  updated

Inactive

2003 - 2004

^ Comments : Short-lived Cork-based regional carrier formed in 2003 & provided scheduled services to the UK and Europe

^ Genealogy :  

Kerry Airways   

Inactive

1970 - 1977

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

MyWay   

Unsure

2004* - 2004*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Nex Aviation   

Unsure

2007 - 2009*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Omega Airlines   

Unsure

1996* - 2000*

^ Comments :  

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Ryanair  updated

Active

1985 - date

^ Comments : Ryanair was formed in 1985 & operations started on 15Jul1985. Took over Buzz in 2003 (Low fare carrier that is generally regarded as the European pioneer. Domestic and international scheduled and charter passenger and cargo)

^ Genealogy : Buzz >>Ryanair (2)

SEA (Shannon Executive Aviation)   

Inactive

1986* - 1990

^ Comments :  

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Shannon Air  added

Inactive

1964* - 1966

^ Comments : Shannon Air was a non-schuduled operator that was formed in 1964 & ceased operations in 1966

^ Genealogy :  

SkyNet Airlines  updated

Inactive

2002 - 2004

^ Comments : SkyNet Airlines was established in 2001. Started operations on 25Jun2002. Forced to suspend operations after it's 2 B.737-400s were impounded by the lessor. Restarted in 2005 & ceased on 24May2004

^ Genealogy :  

Starair   

Active

2000* - date

^ Comments :  

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Stobart Air   

Active

2014 - date

^ Comments : Stobart Air was formed in 1970 & started operations on 16Aug1970 as Aer Arann

^ Genealogy : Aer Arann >Aer Arann Regional >Stobart Air

Sun Premier Airlines   

Inactive

1997 - 1997

^ Comments :  

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TransAer  updated

Inactive

1996 - 2000

^ Comments : TRANSAER was formerly known as TRANSLIFT AIRWAYS (formed in 1991). Acquired ALL LEISURE AIRLINES in 1997. Main business is holiday charters. Ceased operations in 2000

^ Genealogy : Translift Airways >TransAer

Translift Airways  updated

Renamed

1992 - 1996

^ Comments : TRANSAER was formerly known as TRANSLIFT AIRWAYS (formed in 1991). Acquired ALL LEISURE AIRLINES in 1997. Main business is holiday charters. Ceased operations in 2000

^ Genealogy : Translift Airways >TransAer

Ven Air   

Unsure

1990* - 1990*

^ Comments :  

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Virgin Express Ireland   

Inactive

1998 - 2001

^ Comments : Virgin Express Ireland commenced operations with Shannon to Stansted on 12Dec1998

^ Genealogy :  

Visionair   

Not started

(2008)

^ Comments :  

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Westair Aviation (Westair Cargo) (Leoni Aviation)   

Unsure

1976* - 2003*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

XL Airways Ireland   

Inactive

2007 - 2008

^ Comments :  

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