Tuesday 17 January 2017

Aer Lingus expansion at Dublin Airport could slow, warns IAG chief executive

Published 06/05/2016 | 07:58

Willie Walsh at UCD. Photo: Damien Eagers
Willie Walsh at UCD. Photo: Damien Eagers

The expansion of Aer Lingus transatlantic services will be slowed if Dublin Airport doesn't deliver infrastructure improvements to alleviate aircraft congestion there, IAG boss Willie Walsh has warned.

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"The business is there. It would be a shame to lose out on the opportunity to expand the business simply because the infrastructure isn't in place," said Mr Walsh.

Mr Walsh said that Aer Lingus is likely to launch at least one new transatlantic route from Dublin in time for summer 2017, as well as possible capacity increases on existing routes, but said that expansion plans are tempered by what he said are infrastructure issues at the airport.

"You can't keep putting aircraft in there," he said, conceding that Aer Lingus would probably have planned more expansion at Dublin Airport for 2017 if there were no aircraft congestion issues. It's launching three transatlantic routes this year, to Los Angeles, Newark, and Hartford, Connecticut.

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