Loathed to say I live in a region Simon. . …. : )
Anyway if I was flying to a North American destination served by Aer Lingus,particularly a U.S. city, EI would be my first choice from EDI, especially as they’re CURRENTLY very competitive on the pricing front. And how I wished they flew to YVR.
So,at the moment I have a DUB choice which is in direct competition to BA & LHR. My concern would be ,with the removal of that direct competition ,prices increase and when there is a downturn, the IAG Bigwigs first instinct is to protect its most prestigious asset ,and the consequence of that might be removing that DUB hub option from EDI forcing me to LHR.