Aer Lingus Regional has commenced direct flights to Shannon from Bristol, with the route operating for six days of the week.
The inaugural service, which is being operated by Aer Arann, took off last Thursday (July 1st), just four weeks after the new route was announced.
Andrew Kelly, Aer Arann’s director of corporate affairs, said the introduction of the route is "a new chapter" for the airline, its franchise partner and Bristol Airport.
"We hope that the success of phase one of the franchise, which includes flights from Bristol to Cork, is emulated over the coming months with more and more passengers taking advantage of the choice, flexibility and convenience that these services have to offer," he commented.
Shaun Browne, Bristol Airport’s aviation director, said the new services are further improving the links between south-west England and Ireland.
It was revealed last month that passenger numbers at Bristol were up 5.3 percent in May, with more than 500,000 passengers passing through the airport.