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Friday 9 December 2016

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

Published 16/08/2015 | 02:30

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

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.

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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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