Tuesday 24 January 2017

Aer Lingus sale will give us more choice - not lower fares

Eoghan Corry

Published 28/05/2015 | 02:30

'The humble consumer has not yet been heard in the chorus of opinion debating the proposed sale of the slanty shamrock'
'The humble consumer has not yet been heard in the chorus of opinion debating the proposed sale of the slanty shamrock'

The humble consumer has not yet been heard in the chorus of opinion debating the proposed sale of the slanty shamrock. IAG is good news for the consumer at one level: choice. At another level, price, it may not be such good news. It is a truism of the skies that consolidation is ALWAYS bad for air fares.

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It is competition that drives fares down, not low costs. When fuel prices went down last year, most of the airlines put their fares up, not down. Aer Lingus won't be jacking up prices soon. It competes directly with BA on just one route, Dublin to Heathrow, and only for the past three years.

Ryanair will keep Aer Lingus nimble on the short-haul routes where the two airlines go head-to-head - approximately 40 city pairs.

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