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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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February 13, 2017Shannon Air was a non-scheduled operator that was formed in 1964 & ceased operations in 1966 [added]
April 28, 2016Aerlínte Éireann was started in 1947 to operate flights to New York from Ireland but a change of government & a financial crisis prevented the service from starting [added]
August 13, 2015ABC >Air Bridge Hunting Cargo Airlines >Air Contractors >ASL Airlines Ireland  (added)

Airline

Operating DatesStatus
Aer Arann   

1970 - 2011

Renamed

^ 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   

1970 - date

Active

^ Comments : Aer Arann Islands was formed in 1970 by James Coen and Ralph Langan & began operations in Aug1970

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Aer Arann Regional   

2011 - 2014

Renamed

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

Aer Atlantic   

1996* - 1996*

Status?

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Aer Leisure   

1999 - 2000

Inactive

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Aer Lingus (Irish International)   

1936 - date

Active

^ 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   

1984 - 2001

Renamed

^ 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   

2010 - date

Active

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

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Aer Lingus Teoranta   

1936 - 1970

Renamed

^ 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 Turas Teoranta (Irish Cargo Airlines)   

1962 - 2003

Inactive

^ 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

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Aerfair   

(2010)

Began?

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Aerlínte Éireann   

(1947)

Began?

^ 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

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Aerlinte Eireann Teorante   

1958 - 1970

Renamed

^ 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   

1998 - 2015

Renamed

^ 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

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Air Lucht   

(2004)

Began?

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Apple Air Services   

**** - ****

Status?

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ASL Airlines Ireland   

2015 - date

Active

^ 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   

1978* - 1984

Inactive

^ 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   

1983* - date

Active

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Benedar Air   

1961* - 1961*

Status?

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Business City Direct   

1992 - 1993

Renamed

^ 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   

(1996)

Began?

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Capel Air (Reindeer Travel)   

1971* - 1980

Inactive

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Celtic Airways   

(2001)

Began?

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Chartavia   

(1998*)

Began?

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CityJet   

1994 - date

Active

^ 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

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Clyden Airways   

1978 - 1981*

Inactive

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Cork Air Carriers   

1974 - 1974

Inactive

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Cork Aviation Centre   

1998* - 1998*

Status?

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EirJet   

2004 - 2006

Inactive

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

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EUjet   

2003 - 2005

Inactive

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

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Euro West Airlines   

(1996*)

Began?

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Euroceltic Airways   

2001 - 2003

Inactive

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Eurojet   

2003* - 2003*

Status?

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ExpressJet Europe   

(2007)

Began?

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Exxavia   

(2005)

Began?

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FlyBe Ireland   

(2013)

Began?

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FlyU   

2006* - 2008

Inactive

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FreshAer   

(2003*)

Began?

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Futura Gael   

2007 - 2008

Inactive

^ Comments : Futura Gael was holiday charter services based in Dublin, Ireland, wholly owned by Futura International Airways. Ceased operations on 08Sep2008 when the parent company failed

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GenAir   

(1979)

Began?

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Harbour Air Ireland   

2010 - 2010

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : >Harbour Flights

Harbour Flights Ireland   

(2010)

Began?

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Hibernian Airlines (Air Charters of Ireland)   

1966 - 1967

Inactive

^ Comments : Hibernian Airlines was formed in 1966 & started general passenger and cargo charter operations on 05Apr1966

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

Interconair   

1977 - 1979*

Inactive

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Iona National Airways   

1930 - 1933

Inactive

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Iona National Airways   

1959 - 1995

Inactive

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Ireland Airways (El Air Exports)  updated

1991* - 1998

Inactive

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

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Ireland West Airways   

1968* - 1971*

Status?

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

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Irish Airways   

(1930*)

Began?

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Irish Airways   

1993 - 1993

Inactive

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Irish Aviation   

1931 - 1931*

Inactive

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JetBird   

(2010*)

Began?

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JetGreen Airways   

2004 - 2004

Inactive

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Jetmagic   

2003 - 2004

Inactive

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Kerry Airways   

1970 - 1977

Inactive

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MyWay   

2004* - 2004*

Status?

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Nex Aviation   

2007 - 2009*

Status?

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Omega Airlines   

1996* - 2000*

Status?

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Ryanair   

1985 - date

Active

^ Comments : Ryanair operations started on 15Jul1985. Took over Buzz in 2003

^ Genealogy : Ryanair (2)

SEA (Shannon Executive Aviation)   

1986* - 1990

Inactive

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Shannon Air  added

1964* - 1966

Inactive

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

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SkyNet Airlines   

2002 - 2004

Inactive

^ Comments : SkyNet Airlines was established in 2001. Started operations on 25Jun2992 & ceased on 24May2004

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Starair   

2000* - date

Active

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Stobart Air   

2014 - date

Active

^ 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   

1997 - 1997

Inactive

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TransAer   

1996 - 2000

Inactive

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^ Genealogy : TransAer

Translift Airways   

1992 - 1996

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : >TransAer

Ven Air   

1990* - 1990*

Status?

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Virgin Express Ireland   

1998 - 2001

Inactive

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

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Visionair   

(2008)

Began?

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Westair Aviation (Westair Cargo) (Leoni Aviation)   

1976* - 2003*

Status?

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XL Airways Ireland   

2007 - 2008

Inactive

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