MIAMI – Following Stobart Air’s (RE) sudden stop of operations and ultimate liquidation, IAG carriers British Airways (BA) and Aer Lingus (EI) have stepped in to provide temporary emergency services on the routes served by RE.

Stobart Ai blamed the COVID-19 crisis as the reason for its demise and its inability to raise new capital when its main stakeholder, Esken, announced it would no longer invest in the carrier.

Aer Lingus EI-DEO Airbus A320 (Irish Rugby Team Livery). Photo: Alberto Cucini/Airways

Confirmed Routes

British Airways, thru its regional branch City Flyer, will take over two routes while Aer Lingus (EI), for which RE was operating as a regional carrier, steps in for another five.

No final decision has been made public on the rest of RE’s flights, in particular those originating from Dublin (DUB) to Scottish and mainland destinations, with the exception of the DUB to Edinburgh, which is now operated via BFS.

BA City Flyer Elmbraer ERJ-190 G-LCY5 – Photo: Alberto Cucini/Airways

New Route Fleet

Both IAG carriers are taking over services out of Belfast Airport (BFS) and destined to mainland UK with EI using Airbus A320 equipment and BA City Flyer operating services with an Embraer ERJ190 jet.

Stobart Air was one of the recent victims of the COVID-19 air transport crisis which has already compelled several small airlines to cease operations because of financial issues and lack of fresh funds.

Featured image: Stobart Air ATR 72-200 EI-REH. Photo: Alberto Cucini/Airways