Friday 20 October 2017

Aer Lingus the real winner from any Ryanair interlining deal

Low-cost carrier's through-ticket partnership would strengthen rival airline's hand even further, writes Colm McCarthy

DOMINANCE: Ryanair’s deal would add to the viability of Aer Lingus expanding its list of North American destinations
DOMINANCE: Ryanair’s deal would add to the viability of Aer Lingus expanding its list of North American destinations
Colm McCarthy

Colm McCarthy

Last Tuesday's announcement from Ryanair that Europe's biggest carrier may commence interlining with long-haul airlines is hugely significant for Aer Lingus and for Dublin Airport.

At present, customers cannot book through-tickets with Ryanair, or indeed with most other low-cost airlines, on to the intercontinental flights operated by the full service operators.

Suppose you wish to travel from Glasgow to San Francisco, a route not served with a direct flight. You can book on Aer Lingus to Dublin and transfer on to the same airline's onward service.

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