Aer Lingus today confirmed reports that up to 200 new cabin crew have been recruited as it gears up for its busiest summer on record.

The new staff will initially fly on the airline’s short-haul network on flights between the UK and Ireland which have been increased due to demand.

The carrier has added a morning flight on the Dublin-Heathrow route while six extra flights a week will operate on the Cork-London route.

Aer Lingus Regional, which operates an additional 20 routes between the UK and Ireland has recently added a Newquay-Cork service.

Aer Lingus and Aer Lingus Regional operate up to 517 flights a week from the UK to Ireland.

As many as 100,000 seats have been added to European destinations, increasing capacity on key holiday routes such as London, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Tenerife while a winter route from Dublin to Fuerteventura has been extended into the summer schedule.

The frequency of a Los Angeles service rises to a daily flight for the summer from Friday (May 26); flights to Orlando will increase to four times a week, and Chicago will also increase to double daily in the same period.

Having completed an intensive training programme at Aer Lingus’ in-house Training Academy, located in Dublin airport, the newly qualified cabin crew covered a wide range of topics from theoretical and practical components and health and safety procedures, through to grooming and guest experience.

After receiving their ‘wings’ the new recruits will operate flights across Aer Lingus’ European network of more than 100 routes.