Aer Lingus is one of the world’s oldest airlines. It was founded in 1936 and is the national airline of Ireland. Aer Lingus operates a fleet of 48 Airbus planes to 82 destinations both short haul throughout Europe but also long haul to America. It has over 3,700 employees and had a turnover of €1.5bn in 2014.
In 2006 Ryanair began an attempt to take over Aer Lingus by buying up shares in the company. It managed to purchase 26.2% of shares but was eventually blocked by the European Commission due to the fact that combined the two airlines would control more than 80% of Irish flights. A second takeover bid in 2012 was blocked by Aer Lingus shareholders.
In 2015, International Airlines Group (Owners of British Airways, Iberia and Vueling) launched a successful takeover bid for Aer Lingus with both Ryanair and the Irish government agreeing to sell their shares to the IAG group. The takeover was completed in September 2015.
Aer Lingus flight delays
Aer Lingus flight delays are very good in comparison with the airline flight delay averages. In 2014, just 3.18% of their flights suffered a flight delay of 1 hour or more. Just 0.19% of their flights suffered a flight delay of 3 hours or more compared to the an all airline flight delay average of 1.09%
Aer Lingus flight delay compensation
Aer Lingus act fairly reasonably when it comes to making claims for flight delay compensation from them however, they are slow in replying to our flight delay compensation demand letters. This may in part be due to their recent takeover by IAG but they do need to put more resources into ensuring letters of claim are responded to promptly, otherwise we will continue to litigate many flight delay compensation claims against them.