Aer Lingus

Full Service Carrier
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Passengers per year

Aer Lingus is the flag carrier of Ireland and, after low-cost carrier Ryanair, the second-largest airline in the country. Aer Lingus flies to destinations in Europe and North America. The airline was founded to connect Ireland to the rest of the world with convenient and comfortable air transport. Aer Lingus wants to be a leading carrier for flights across the Atlantic Ocean. The home base of Aer Lingus, Dublin Airport, is an ideal transfer airport for flights to the United States because of its U.S. preclearance.


Aer Lingus is together with British Airways, Iberia and Vueling one of the four large airlines of International Airlines Group (IAG). The airline has about 4,000 employees. Aer Lingus has two frequent flyer programs: AerClub and Avios. AerClub is only used by Aer Lingus while Avios is a joint program of Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia and others.

Parent company
International Airlines Group


Aer Lingus was founded on 15 April 1936 and started its operation with a flight between Dublin and Bristol. The airlines’ first trans-Atlantic flight was operated in 1958 from Shannon to New York by an aircraft that was named St Patrick. Ryanair tried three times to take-over Aer Lingus, in 2006, 2008 and 2012. Eventually, International Airlines Group (IAG) took over the airline in 2015. With this take-over, IAG also bought the 30% stake that was earlier obtained by Ryanair.

Quick facts

  • Aer Lingus has a franchise agreement for regional flights with Stobart Air.
  • Every Aer Lingus plane has been named after a saint.


Aer Lingus has three airport lounges, at Dublin Airport, London Heathrow Airport and New York JFK Airport.

Dublin Airport
Aer Lingus Lounge
Location: Terminal 2

London Heathrow Airport
Aer Lingus Lounge
Location: Centrally located in Terminal 2

New York JFK Airport
Aer Lingus Lounge
Location: Terminal 5, across from Gate 26


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Luxury airport lounge


Aer Lingus passengers can take one piece of cabin baggage with them. For general Aer Lingus flights, this piece of baggage may weight 10 kg and its allowed to bring one personal item. On flights that are executed by Stobart Air passengers can bring only one piece of hand baggage with a maximum of 7 kg. Please consult website Aer Lingus for more information.

Send your luggage

Lost baggage

In-flight Wi-Fi

Aer Lingus offers in-flight Wi-Fi on all Airbus A330 aircraft for an additional fee. Business Class passengers receive complimentary Wi-Fi.


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