The CEO of Aer Lingus announced a few months ago that they were interested in slots at LHR
for domestic services to Scotland, nothing much has come of it since but it still seems a strange market for Aer Lingus to be chasing. In my view, this Belfast decision and the interest in LHR
domestic operations is a little out of character for the current management as most of the big decisions in the last three years have been spot on and have helped successfully return the airline to profitability, I'm talking about long haul and the Regional franchise in particular.
move can possibly be explained by BA
's decision to commit to the LHR
route, I think EI
were under the impression BA
would leave the route and code share with them but things didn't quite play out that way. Unfortunately for EI
it was too late to go running back to BFS
, the move had been quite public with an official spokesperson for EI
stating discussions were underway with both airports months before the move was announced, EI
were publicly playing them off each other and BFS
didn't like that, the tone of their response to the move makes that clear.
In the end Aer Lingus are left competing with a strong BA
schedule to LHR
and with BE
, although EI
recently increased the frequency on LGW
for next summer to 4 daily.
idea could be an interesting one and things may have fallen into place perfectly for it, Aer Lingus have two more A319's on the way early next year giving them a total of four in the fleet.