Ryanair targets Aer Lingus routes following IAG takeover
Airline passengers will benefit from a price war on flights to continental Europe as Ryanair is set to target routes operated by Aer Lingus.
Michael O'Leary's airline is planning a winter offensive at Dublin Airport to take on IAG following its €1.36bn takeover of Aer Lingus.
Within weeks of the Aer Lingus takeover being completed, Ryanair is expected to reveal details of additional winter services from Dublin.
The move will see it square up for what could be increasingly vigorous competition between the rivals at the capital.
The increased competition will create a price war that will benefit consumers, particularly on routes to the continent.
The number of Ryanair aircraft based at Dublin next winter will already rise from 21 to 25, with increased frequencies on routes to destinations such as Berlin, Madrid and Manchester.
But it's now believed the number of Ryanair planes based at Dublin next winter could be increased beyond that 25, possibly to 30.
And outgoing Aer Lingus chairman Colm Barrington has thrown down a gauntlet to Ryanair, saying its rival will now have to work harder to compete against the former State-owned airline.
"We've been competing with Ryanair for nearly 25 years," he said. "I think now, with the greater strength of the marketing network from IAG, Ryanair's going to have to try even harder to compete against us."