Saturday 21 October 2017

Aer Lingus stays poker-faced as it shelves plan for direct Dublin-Las Vegas route

Aer Lingus was eyeing a service to run two to three times a week. Photographer: Crispin Rodwell/Bloomberg News
Aer Lingus was eyeing a service to run two to three times a week. Photographer: Crispin Rodwell/Bloomberg News
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

Aer Lingus has shelved a proposal for a direct service between Dublin and Las Vegas, which it had contemplated launching this winter.

It is believed that the economics of the route do not currently stack up.  However, the Cities that could be of interest to Aer Lingus for a new route to the US include Philadelphia.

And given the strong presence in Ireland of companies such as Microsoft and Amazon, even Seattle could come up on the Aer Lingus radar. An Aer Lingus spokesman declined to comment, however. In an interview with the  "We are working to build a business case to operate a seasonal service to Las Vegas," Mr Kavanagh said.

"We need to find a balance to the peak summer months, where the US consumer is the main source of our traffic and where Ireland is the destination." He added: "We think there's demand there." Aer Lingus was eyeing a service to run two to three times a week. "We can see from our own traffic data that for the Irish consumer Las Vegas is very attractive," Mr Kavanagh said at the time.  "We think there's an opportunity around Las Vegas. Whether it's year-round or just tactically in the winter months, that's what we're looking at."

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