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Emerald Airlines may not be a familiar name to you, but Aer Lingus will be.

Aer Lingus has operated its smaller regional routes under a franchise model for many years. The contract was held by Stobart Air until Aer Lingus awarded it to Emerald Airlines, a start-up carrier, in 2021 under a 10-year deal.

It has taken a while for services to build up, and of course the tail end of the pandemic didn’t help, but Emerald Airlines now has an established route network.

Where does Emerald Airlines fly>

As you can see from the image above, aircraft and crew are Aer Lingus-branded. Tickets are sold at and you can book Avios seats as you would with any standard Aer Lingus service.

Emerald Airlines will operate from 15 UK airports this winter. It primarily serves Dublin and Belfast City, apart from a one-off route between Bristol and Cork. There is one intra-Ireland route which is not listed below, from Donegal to Dublin.

It uses a modern fleet of ATR72-600 aircraft. These can seat up to 72 passengers and have a range of 1,500km.

This is the schedule for winter 2023, running from late October to late March 2024. Flights from the UK to Ireland and Northern Ireland operated by Aer Lingus itself are not included.

The frequency number is for the peak week or day during the winter timetable and is not necessarily available every week or every day.


  • 6x weekly to Dublin


  • 2x daily to Dublin
  • 5x daily to Belfast City
Where does Emerald Airlines fly?


  • 3x daily to Dublin
  • 6x weekly to Cork


  • Daily to Belfast City

East Midlands

  • 2x daily to Belfast City


  • 5x daily to Dublin
  • 4x daily to Belfast City


  • 5x weekly to Dublin
  • 5x weekly to Belfast City


  • 4x daily to Dublin
  • 2x daily to Belfast City

Isle of Man

  • Daily to Dublin
  • 3x weekly to Belfast City

Leeds Bradford

  • 3x daily to Dublin
  • 3x daily to Belfast City


  • 2x daily to Dublin


  • 3x daily to Dublin
  • 4x daily to Belfast City


  • Daily to Dublin
  • Daily to Belfast City


  • 4x weekly to Dublin
  • 4x weekly to Belfast City


  • 3x daily to Dublin
  • 3x daily to Belfast City

You can book for cash or Avios on here.

You can find out more about the airline (but not book) on the Emerald Airlines site here.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 2023)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

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There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

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You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

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SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

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You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

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Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (48)

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  • John says:

    If you wish to book any Aer Lingus flights using Avios you need to book via or BAEC. You can only book Cash flights at Aer.Lingus webpage.

  • Donna says:

    Emerald Airlines ignore all compensation claims for delays; the equivalent Irish regulator are very opaque regarding their process too. In the event of a lengthy delay, there is absolutely no help provided.

  • Paulw says:

    Shows zero avios availability of Cardiff-Belfast…

  • Paul says:

    Can the same be done for Logan

  • BJ says:

    I’ve never been able to find award seats on Emerald at Searches have been on connecting flights with Aer Lingus.

    • Mikeact says:

      Wouldn’t you think IAG would get their act together, and make AerLingus Avios bookings more simple…..and you probably have to move Avios over to Must be totally confusing to those who don’t know….having to open up an account and AerLingus account and then be told to use your BA Exec account….just adds more stress.
      And of course, DON’T forget, you don’t have the luxury of 24hr cancellations etc., if booking on amazing this day and age to rile people up.

  • Steve says:

    Awful aircraft, all boarding is done through a single rear door so, if you sit in the front half of the plane, you will be waiting a long time to disembark. Guess which are the most expensive seats to book? Yep, the rows are the back closest to the door!
    I flew with them a few times but skipped the last flight I had and went back to EasyJet. Crews were never that friendly and I found their practice of re checking your boarding card at the top of the very steep steps upon boarding when it had literally been checked 60 seconds before at the gate, very pointless and irritating.

    • BJ says:

      I have to disagree, I like the things. I like that seating is 2+2, and the seats are quite comfortable and the pitch decent ( I’m short though) but I’ve only flown the Bangkok Airways variant. I like that they fly lower affording better views on good days, and I like the fact you actually feel like you’re flying in them which is not the case with a large jet.

    • Andrew. says:

      Isn’t the the door check so that the crew can do a physical analysis of the passenger?

      These wee planes often need the self-loading cargo redistributed to be weight balanced.

  • ukpolak says:

    I’m doing SOU to Dublin in a few weeks, for 2 nights. I found the fare difference booking via Aer L vs BA interesting albeit via BA there was no HLO fare. I wanted to book via BA and on a BA Amex but the difference was too large to justify (even if it’s not on my dime).

    For HLO via Aer L it was something like £80 return. The only issue was that the booking confirmation didn’t arrive and necessitated a call to their (disinterested) US help desk. It arrived a day later.

    Now I need to find a piece of hand luggage which is 48x33x20 and no more than 7kg. Any tips?

    • BJ says:

      If you’re using car or taxi at either end a nylon bag will be as good as anything.

    • lumma says:

      If you can find one, as I think the brand might have been discontinued, the Lowe Alpine AT carry on 45 is the perfect travel bag. It’s soft sided so fits in smaller overheads despite being the full size of a regular cabin bag and converts into a backpack if you want (I always just use the shoulder strap however). I’ve used mine extensively since 2015 and it’s still in perfect condition.

      They even made a version with wheels if that’s important

      • ukpolak says:

        Many thanks – I had seen a B&R traveller backpack at JL alas it’s out of stock and a little pricey. Will see if I can find the Lowe one – much appreciated!

    • Mikeact says:

      @ukpolak And another stupid example of pricing etc……You would also think it would be reasonably easy to book a couple of Avios seats out of SOU to DUB…try it.

      • ukpolak says:

        Yeah I didn’t check Avios availability however from memory here were the fares..

        1. Via Aer L and HBO return £80 (what I went for)
        2. Via Aer L but with baggage c.£140 IIRC
        3. Via BA (same flights!) and only option with baggage c.£200

        A colleague of mine did the late DUB – SOU flight a few weeks back; flight cancelled last minute so she was put on a late late departure to LHR instead, and promised a coach down to SOU which never materialised. Got a £300 black cab down the M3 which she is still trying to claim back from Aer L..

    • @mkcol says:

      I don’t get your gripe about the booking confirmation not arriving, when you yourself say it arrived 🤷🏼‍♂️

    • Blair Waldorf Salad says:

      I have tried and tested this case in the overheads on Emerald’s ATRs:–black/139682-1041.html

      It is 40.5 x 35.5 x 20.5 so you may get caught if they ask you to measure it but it definitely fits.

  • Tony Ella says:

    It really irks me to point out to a site dedicated to travelling that Belfast is part of the United Kingdom and the Isle of Man isn’t in the UK.

    If you wanted to lump Belfast, Dublin and Cork in fine as they’re on the same landmass. 14 sites referred to that you can fly from are therefore in GB and the Isle of Man is a self-governing British Crown Dependency – although I’ll admit that this is a more difficult distinction to make all the time.

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