Irish regional carrier Stobart Air, formerly Aer Arann, has inked a five-year franchise agreement with UK regional carrier Flybe covering two aircraft and six European routes. Stobart Air, which operates franchise flights for Aer Lingus under Aer Lingus Regional branding, said the new contract will create 50 new jobs, taking its total headcount to 420 staff. Under the deal, Stobart Air will base two Flybe-branded ATR 72s at London Southend Airport, which is owned by parent Stobart Group. The ...

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