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Hmm… reading CAPA’s SWOT analysis of IAG dated 09 January 2015

and you can see a compelling case for the Aer Lingus deal to divert west-bound UK regional traffic via DUB and onto emerald green or red, white and blue metal based out of DUB. This is given the constraints on LHR and the never-ending uncertainty as to whether any runway expansion will EVER take place in London and the south-east. So, whilst I doubt that there are any fears for Irish jobs, this could be viewed as a direct tilt at AF/KL’s UK regional feeder traffic strategy via AMS.

As IAG has made sundry vague commitments about increasing its Asia-Pacific route network, it rather looks as if it’s running out of LHR capacity-based excuses for not doing so.

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