Aer Lingus ready to do Cork deal

Irish airlines Aer Lingus and Aer Arann are in negotiations that could result in more passengers flying into Cork Airport.

The two companies are in talks that could see them operate joint flights from Cork and Dublin to provincial airports in the UK.

Under the terms of the deal, it is understood that Aer Arann would provide a feeder service on behalf of Aer Lingus from certain UK airports into Cork and Dublin with passengers then able to connect with Aer Lingus services to the United States or Europe. The airlines already operate a sharing agreement on the Cork to Dublin route.

It is understood the deal would allow Aer Lingus to increase its service between the UK and Ireland but at a lower cost than using their large A320 aircraft. It would result in Aer Lingus buying blocks of seats on Aer Arann’s smaller turbo-prop aircraft.

The full details of the deal are expected to be announced shortly after the board of Aer Lingus meets on Friday.

Article courtesy of the Evening Echo newspaper.

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