Aer Lingus may move transatlantic services from Shannon to the UK

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Aer Lingus may shift transatlantic services from Shannon to the UK as it continues to grapple with Government Covid-19 travel restrictions.

The Irish airline has two Airbus A321 long-range craft based at Shannon, normally used to fly from there to Boston, New York and London Heathrow, but which have been grounded since March.

It emerged at the weekend that Edinburgh and Manchester are among six UK regional airports now bidding have to these craft based with them to provide flights to the US.

Both are understood to have expressed interest a deal to take the craft some weeks ago, although neither yet has an agreement with the Irish carrier.

Four other UK airports are in the running. While local sources have not named them, they are all said to be regional gateways.

Any service is likely to begin in 2021 and run for an initial three years. Aer Lingus pilots and crew would staff the flights.

Tenders

It is understood that Aer Lingus sought tenders for the mothballed craft three weeks ago from UK regional airports, which have since responded to the company’s request.

The loss of Aer Lingus transatlantic flights would be a blow to Shannon Airport and the west of Ireland, which depends heavily on tourism and multinational investment.

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