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Ireland’s Deputy PM is quoted here:
I tend to believe that Aer Lingus would cease to exist if swallowed up by IAG.
The Gold Circle programme and it’s members would be the first casualties. I speak from bitter expererience, as a former BMI Diamond Club Gold member.
The US Pre-clearance facility attracts a lot of TALT business originating from the UK and Europe, and offers a lot of future growth in this marked.
In partnership with Stobart Air, EI have initiated and grown a number of routes serving smaller airports. This is an integral part of Aer Lingus business. Would IAG be as interested in this niche? I wonder…
Personally, I believe that keeping control of the Heathrow slots is vital for Ireland (as an Island). I also believe that the for opportunities to develop and grow new markets will benefit Aer Lingus only if it remains independent major airline conglomerates.