Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Aer Lingus to expand into Belfast International Airport?

Aer Lingus logo

Local news this morning reports that Aer Lingus are considering an expansion into Belfast International Airport as one option in their current expansion programme.

Having floated on the Irish and London Stock Exchanges in October last year, Aer Lingus have been playing with (investing) an estimated €400 million of capital that was raised. This has included recent orders for new Airbus aircraft, doubling its long haul fleet over the next seven years.

A move into Aldergrove would open up the possibility of Aer Lingus using some of their precious Heathrow landing slots to open up a second Belfast–Heathrow service, giving bmi the competition that has been missing since British Airways’ departure in October 2001.

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