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Flight path back will be more bumpy for Aer Lingus than Ryanair

Richard Curran


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The key question for Aer Lingus is how will North American traffic recover – in Dublin Airport in June it was down 98pc compared to June 2019

The key question for Aer Lingus is how will North American traffic recover – in Dublin Airport in June it was down 98pc compared to June 2019

The key question for Aer Lingus is how will North American traffic recover – in Dublin Airport in June it was down 98pc compared to June 2019

An Irish executive I know was returning from New York to Dublin last month for important business. His Aer Lingus flight to Ireland had just six passengers on it. It also had a lot of cargo, which might have gone some way towards justifying the financial cost of keeping the service flying.

While Ryanair has been incredibly vocal among Irish airlines during the pandemic, when it comes to quarantines, costs and risks perhaps Aer Lingus and its parent IAG Group is where more of our attention should be drawn.

Ryanair secured a pay-cut deal with quite a few of its unions in recent weeks. Aer Lingus put forward a plan to cut pay further which would have kept pay at 50pc of pre-Covid levels (instead of the current more severe cut to 30pc of pre-pandemic pay).