Tuesday 12 December 2017

Aer Lingus scraps free blankets on cheapest fares

Aer Lingus
Aer Lingus

Simon Calder

Aer Lingus is to cut free blankets and earphones as the transatlantic budget airline war heats up.

From next month, the airline will remove these frills for passengers on the cheapest fares from Dublin to North America.

Passengers who purchase the new 'Saver' tickets will also lose the right to select a seat in advance and check in a bag free of charge. Only one 10kg piece of cabin baggage is allowed. But they will save €40 each way on the next-lowest fares, known as 'Smart'.

Aer Lingus said: "Designed to meet the diverse needs of today's traveller, Saver is here to offer more choice and flexibility."

Passengers choosing the cheapest option will be allocated remaining seats at check-in "free of charge".

They will still receive an in-flight meal but use of a blanket will cost €5 and earphones €3. The move reflects the intense competition between airlines across the Atlantic.

Irish Independent

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