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Aer Lingus flights

Aer Lingus are the flag carrying airline of Ireland, and the country's second biggest airline after Ryanair. Although it was founded by the Irish government, it's now owned by the International Airline Group (IAG) which also owns Vueling, British Airways and Iberia. Their frequent-flyer programme is Aer Club, which took over from Gold Circle in November 2016. It currently operates using Avios points as currency.

Aer Lingus flights are available from 13 UK airports, with an operating base at Belfast City Airport. Excepting flights from Birmingham, Belfast, London-Gatwick, London-Heathrow and Manchester, flights from British airports are operated by Aer Lingus regional. With Aer Lingus you can fly from the UK to Ireland or from the UK to North America.

Why fly Aer Lingus

How to check in

Aer Lingus check in options include mobile, online, and at the airport. Mobile check-in can be done via the app (available for Android and iOS) and is available between 30 and 2 hours prior to scheduled departure. For transatlantic travel this opens 24 hours before departure, and closes two hours before. On most European routes check in is open from 30 hours to 2 hours before departure. On some routes you can pay extra to check in 30 days to 30 hours in advance.

Seating

The Airbus A330 widebody jet is often used by Aer Lingus. Economy passengers can expect a seat pitch (distance between your seat and the one in front) of 31-32 inches, and a seat width of 17 inches. In business class pitch rises to 58 inches, and width to 21 inches.

On flights within Europe passengers can pay extra to choose their own standard seat (£5.99+), 'Choice' seats (which are at the front of the aircraft for a speedy getaway: £9.99+), or 'Exit' seats (with extra legroom: £11.99+). Passengers flying on peak season A330 flights to Malaga and Faro (the Algarve) also have the option to book 'Premium' seats, which are business class style and lie flat (£55.99+). On Transatlantic flights it's free to pre-book a standard seat, but Choice and Exit seats cost extra.

Booking fees

Aer Lingus charge a £7 admin fee and £4 security fee on all flights booked.

Service on board

Passengers on Transatlantic flights have access to their own seatback entertainment system with a selection of films and TV shows to choose from (including on-demand content for children). The in-flight magazine, Cara, is available on both short- and long-haul flights. On European flights, passengers can purchase food from the onboard Bia menu, with a range of pre-packaged snacks and fresh meals developed alongside Irish chef Clodagh McKenna. On transatlantic flights, passengers have the option of a complimentary meal or paying extra to pre-order something a bit more special. Pre-order options include fillet steak, salmon fillet, and roast chicken. Internet access is available on A330 services, and is completely complimentary in business class. Aer Lingus Wi-Fi costs €7.95/$9.95 per hour for economy passengers, or €14.95/$18.95 for access throughout the flight.

Punctuality

During 2016, Aer Lingus was the most punctual airline departing from Belfast-City Airport. It was a runner up for the most punctual airline leaving Birmingham and London-Heathrow. As an added bonus, they're the most punctual airline on the London to Dublin, London to Belfast and London to Cork routes.

Baggage Allowances and Fees

We've written all about Aer Lingus baggage charges on our news site. It's not in our nature to repeat ourselves, so pop over and read Aer Lingus luggage rules explained for everything you need to know (plus a few tips on getting the most out of your hand luggage allowance).

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