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Aer Lingus is the second-largest airline in Ireland, as well as the country's flag carrier. The airline's name is derived from the Irish word "aerloingeas," which translates to "air fleet." Founded in 1936 by the Irish government, Aer Lingus was completely privatized in 2015 and is today a wholly owned subsidiary of International Airlines Group. The airline has its headquarters and main hub at Dublin Airport. Though not a current member of any airline alliance, Aer Lingus has codeshare agreements with SkyTeam, Star Alliance, and Oneworld member airlines.

Just five days after its registration as an airline, in May of 1936, Aer Lingus began operations with service between Dublin and Bristol. When the airline acquired another aircraft later in the same year, it established a second route between Dublin and London. World War II brought Aer Lingus' regular services to a halt until service resumed again in 1945 with a flight to London. During the rest of the decade and into the 50s, Aer Lingus established flights to Brussels, Rome, and New York. The 60s saw the airline convert to a jet fleet, as well as the expansion of its flight network to Boston, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, and Montreal.

Aer Lingus began direct service to the United States in the 1990s, but the airline suffered during the airline downturn of the early 2000s following the September 11 attacks. In order to recover, Aer Lingus turned its attention to mainland Europe and positioned itself as a competitor to the no-frills airlines that had become so successful there. In 2013, the airline once again announced its expansion into North America by adding direct flights to San Francisco and Washington D.C., and by operating daily flights into Boston, New York, and Toronto.

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Aer Lingus Fleet

Aer Lingus has a fleet consisting of 49 Airbus Aircraft in four different models. Over half of its fleet is made up of the Airbus A320-200, which the airline uses on short-haul flights between Ireland and other European destinations. High-demand routes such as between Dublin and London are serviced by the Airbus A321-200. For long-haul flights, Aer Lingus uses the Airbus A330-200 and A330-300. The A330-200 typically operates on the airlines' transatlantic routes to San Francisco and Los Angeles while the A330-300 is used for east coast North American destinations.

Aer Lingus flies to six domestic airports and to over 90 airports in 24 different countries. Here are the airline's domestic destinations, as well as some of its main international destinations.

Domestic Destinations Served by Aer Lingus

  • Dublin Airport; Dublin
  • Cork Airport; Cork
  • Shannon Airport; Shannon
  • Ireland West Airport Knock; Knock
  • Kerry Airport; Kerry
  • Donegal Airport; Donegal

10 International Destinations Served by Aer Lingus

  • George Best Belfast City Airport; Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Vienna International Airport; Vienna, Austria
  • Brussels Airport; Brussels, Belgium
  • Václav Havel Airport Prague; Prague, Czech Republic
  • Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport; Lyon, France
  • Frankfurt Airport; Frankfurt, Germany
  • Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport; Budapest, Hungary
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport; United States
  • Zürich Airport; Zurich, Switzerland
  • Toronto Pearson International Airport; Toronto, Canada

When you fly Aer Lingus to destinations in Ireland, you'll get the chance to immerse yourself in a rich culture with a long and ancient history. Experience even more culture and history by taking some detours off the beaten path to discover Ireland's Ancient East. If your stop in Ireland is part of a larger trip through other European countries and if this is your first time visiting Europe, then take a look at Skyscanner's five tips for planning your first Eurotrip.

Why Fly with Aer Lingus

Loyalty Programs, Discounts and Miles promotions

Frequent travellers with Aer Lingus can enjoy numerous benefits when flying by signing up for AerClub, the airline's loyalty program. Once you join, you can start collecting Avios points each time you fly with Aer Lingus or with a partner airline at a rate of three Avios for every €1 spent on your ticket. Avios points can also be accrued when shopping with AerClub partners or when shopping online at the Avios eStore. Once you've collected enough points, you can redeem them on reward flights to thousands of different destinations.

Members can enjoy even more perks and benefits by upgrading their membership to a higher AerClub tier. When you join AerClub, you start at the Green tier. You can then redeem Tier Credits to upgrade to the Silver, Platinum, or Concierge tier. The more you fly, the more Tier Credits you will earn.

How to Check In, Seating Assignment, Leg Room and Other Fees

If you prefer to do things the old-fashioned way, you can check in for your Aer Lingus flight at the airport check-in counter. To speed things up a little, consider using a self-serve check-in kiosk to print your own boarding pass and skip the check-in line. For an even more convenient check-in experience, you can check in online or through the Aer Lingus app. Online check-in allows you to print your boarding pass ahead of time. Mobile check-in sends your boarding pass directly to your device with no need for printing.

Aer Lingus automatically provides standard seating assignments for passengers at the time of check-in. Most standard seats have a 30" to 32" pitch. If you would prefer a seat closer to the exit of the aircraft or if you like more legroom, then you can purchase your preferred seats in advance of your flight.

Baggage Allowance and Fees

When travelling on any Aer Lingus flight, you are allowed to bring one carry-on item weighing up to 10 kg and one personal item such as a laptop bag or a small handbag into the cabin of the aircraft.

Aer Lingus checked baggage allowances differ based on whether you are flying within Europe or taking a transatlantic flight. Flights within Europe do not have any free checked baggage allowances, but passengers can save 50% on their baggage costs by selecting their baggage allowance online ahead of time. You may choose to bring one bag weighing 15 kg, 20 kg, or 25 kg, or you can choose the XL option for two bags weighing a combined 40 kg. A Saver fare on transatlantic flights also requires the purchase of a baggage allowance, but a Smart or Flex fare permits one free checked bag weighing up to 23 kg. Any bags weighing over 23 kg and up to 32 kg will be subject to an excess weight fee. No single piece of baggage on Aer Lingus may exceed 32 kg.

Service On Board: In-flight Entertainment and Meals

Don't worry about getting bored on your travels. On long-haul flights across the Atlantic, Aer Lingus provides every passenger with an in-flight entertainment system where they can watch movies and TV shows, listen to music, or play games. You can also check your e-mail or browse the internet with WiFi via the airline's mobile network.

You don't have to worry about going hungry on transatlantic flights either, as Aer Lingus provides complimentary meals for all economy passengers. Water and soft drinks are also complimentary, or you can opt to order from a full bar of alcoholic beverages. Special meal orders can be made after your booking has been confirmed and up to 24 hours before departure.

Child Fares/Fees, Minor Service guidelines

Infants under two years of age can fly on the lap of an adult for a flat rate of €20 on Aer Lingus European routes and for 10% of an adult fare on North American flights. Children over two years of age must have their own seat but can travel on a discounted child's fare on transatlantic flights until they are 11 years of age.

Aer Lingus does not allow children under 12 to fly alone and requires that they are accompanied by someone at least 16 years of age or older. The airline does accept minors between 12 and 15 years of age but does not provide any additional service or assistance for younger passengers flying alone.

Pet Policy

Though pets are not permitted to travel in the cabin aboard any Aer Lingus flight, the airline does offer a few different options for bringing your pet with you along on your travels. Dogs, cats, and rabbits can be booked to travel in the cargo hold for an additional fee on Aer Lingus flights within Ireland and between Ireland and Britain by contacting the airline at the time of your booking. For flights within Europe, you will need to book your pet through a freight forwarder. Aer Lingus also accepts cats and dogs as excess baggage in the cargo hold on flights from Ireland to North America for an additional fee of €160. However, on flights from North America to Ireland, pets need to be shipped separately.

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Airline Contact Information

Customer Service Phone Number

(800) 474-7424

Customer Service Email

aerlingus.com/support/customer-relations

Website

aerlingus.com

Social Accounts

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Address (Headquarters)

Shamrock House

Dublin Airport

Dublin

Ireland

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