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Departure: Willie Walsh has postponed his exit from IAG until September

Departure: Willie Walsh has postponed his exit from IAG until September

Departure: Willie Walsh has postponed his exit from IAG until September

AER LINGUS will likely have smaller European and North American route networks in the foreseeable future, but IAG chief executive Willie Walsh said the group remains "committed" to using Dublin as a passenger hub.

IAG, which acquired Aer Lingus in 2015, has significantly expanded the Irish carrier's North Atlantic network since then, adding or relaunching services to destinations such as Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Minneapolis-St Paul. It was feeding traffic through Dublin from destinations in the UK and mainland Europe.

"Aer Lingus will continue to be an airline with a spread of business between transatlantic and short-haul European flights. I don't see that changing," said Mr Walsh yesterday after IAG released first-quarter results.