Aer Lingus today announced details of major reductions in fares aimed at the business travel market.
With effect from today - 16th October - Aer Lingus Premier fares to Britain and Continental Europe are being cut by up to 50%.
A new range of fully flexible Economy fares are also being introduced with no minimum stay requirement, offering itinerary and ticket changes without charge, at prices up to 60% lower than previously available.
The value of this fares package to people doing business into and out of Ireland amounts to €65 million.
Seamus Kearney, Aer Lingus Chief Operations Officer, announcing these changes said: “With so many prices on the increase for business, I am delighted to be able to announce this major reduction in air fares aimed at the business community. The cost of doing business in Ireland just got a lot cheaper and we are putting €65 million back into the hard-pressed Irish economy. Lower fares and lower costs are leading to higher passenger numbers and improved business performance. The message is simple - whether you are travelling for leisure or business check Aer Lingus first. You will not be disappointed.”
Examples of the new fares for business include:
Dublin - London Heathrow: Fully flexible economy fares now available from €150, a price reduction of 64%. Premier fares on this route start from €298, down 28% on the previous equivalent fare. // Dublin - Manchester: Fully flexible economy fares now start from €130, a reduction of 48% on the previously available fare. Premier fares start from €228, down 31%. // Dublin - Amsterdam: Fully flexible economy fares start from €320, down 59% on current fares. Premier fares from €498, a reduction of 36%. // Dublin Madrid: Fully flexible economy fares from €400, a reduction of 57% on current levels. Premier fares of €598 are a reduction of 36%.
In addition to these major fares reductions, Aer Lingus has also announced a series of measures applying to these tickets, which will simplify travel and create greater value:
All London airports are common rated, Cork and Shannon are common rated with Dublin on direct services, These fares can be bought on a one way basis, No min/max stay conditions apply, All fares are combinable.
Concluding his remarks Seamus Kearney said: “For business travellers we are offering a quality service and full flexibility without having to pay through the nose for it. We have shown what we can do in low fares for economy travel. We have now started to cut the cost of business travel. We are committed as we continue to take cost out of the business to translate this into lower fares for our customers.”