The new Aer Lingus Regional service between Dublin and Newquay has got underway.

The first flight departed Cornwall Airport Newquay on Friday morning (April 29), operating four times per week, year-round.

The new route will facilitate onward connectivity from Newquay to North America; New York, Boston, Chicago, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and Toronto. Passengers flying into the US can avail of US Immigration Pre-clearance at Dublin Airport, skipping any lengthy immigration queues stateside.

Airport MD Sam O’Dwyer said: “We’re delighted to welcome Emerald Airlines as our first new airline to Newquay this year and to be operating this very popular route between Ireland and Cornwall. It’s a welcome sight to see Aer Lingus Regional here at Newquay and we look forward to working with Emerald Airlines to develop the partnership further in the coming years.

“This hugely popular route between Dublin and Newquay will undoubtedly be welcomed on both sides of the Celtic Sea.”

Aer Lingus Regional flights will be operated by the ATR72-600, the latest generation of turboprop aircraft combining environmental and economic performance. The aircraft are said to emit up to 40% less CO₂ on these short, regional flights.