Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus is considering moving its transatlantic flights from Shannon Airport (SNN) to the United…
Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus is considering moving its transatlantic flights from Shannon Airport (SNN) to the United Kingdom, as it continues to grapple with the Irish government’s COVID-19 restrictions. The IAG-owned airline has two new Airbus A321neo aircraft based at Shannon Airport in County Clare that it would like to move to the UK. Before the coronavirus grounded the planes in March, they used to fly between Ireland, London Heathrow (LHR), and the United States.
According to a report published in The Irish Times today, the airline is considering moving the planes to one of six regional airports in the UK. Manchester in the north of England and Edinburgh in Scotland both want Aer Lingus to operate its Boston and New York flights from their airports.
The other four airports in contention have not been named, but it is believed that they are all regional gateways. The Irish Times reports that Aer Lingus contacted the airports that it was planning to submit tenders three weeks ago. The airports replied with offers, and it is now up to Aer Lingus to decide who to select.
The flights are not expected to start until 2021
The Aer Lingus flights between the UK and the US are not likely to start until 2021 and will have an initial contract period of three years. Aer Lingus pilots and crew will operate the flights and be based in the United Kingdom.
Losing the Aer Lingus flights to a UK airport would be a massive loss for Shannon and the west of Ireland, who rely heavily on tourism from the United States. United Airlines and Delta Air Lines have already said that they will not be flying to Shannon next year. With the loss of Aer Lingus, it would leave…
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