EIBPI wrote:I wonder what this means for the PSOs. I don’t believe the Department is planning to wait that long for the next tender procedure.
This also leaves opportunity for other operators to come in, especially if traffic continues to recover in the coming months. By early 2023, there may not be much room left at all for EI Regional 2.0.
The PSO, you mean. There is only one, Dublin to Donegal. Ryanair is operating Dublin to Kerry with no subsidy, so as long as they keep doing that, it is no longer a PSO route.
It may well be that Amapola Flyg tenders for the Dublin Donegal route and gets it. They're already flying the routes, even if it is just for seven months. It could be anyone who wants the business, it doesn't necessarily have to be an Irish based airline that wins the PSO route tender. Might well be something like Loganair, for example, or Eastern. Though there may be issues there with non-EU airlines operating intra-EU, I suppose.
All the other EI regional routes will be fine. A certain group of people prefer Aer Lingus, and of course there is the whole transatlantic transfer business that will never go away. It's not like FR or U2 can pick any of that up, so once Emerald start, there'll be plenty of business. Not that it matters, it's up to EI to fill the seats! Emerald just run the flights as their operating costs are far cheaper.