The national airline of Ireland, Aer Lingus took delivery of its first aircraft in May 1936. It remains one of the world’s oldest airlines, and today the company has a fleet of 53 aircraft with an average age of 12.3 years. The company is Ireland's second largest airline after Ryanair and has bases in Dublin, Cork, Belfast and Shannon. Aer Lingus flights are available to more than 80 destinations across Europe as well as Morocco, Turkey and the United States.
A takeover attempt by Ryanair in 2006 was blocked by the European Commission as it would have led to eight out of ten flights in Ireland being controlled by a single company. Aer Lingus’s own shareholders blocked a second attempted takeover.
In 2015, a successful takeover of Aer Lingus by the International Airlines Group (owners of Iberia, Vueling and British Airways) was completed.
Aer Lingus flight delays
During 2016, 2.6% of Aer Lingus flights were more than 1 hour late in arriving at their destination. Flights delayed by three hours or more accounted for 0.14% of flights operated by Aer Lingus. In their annual punctuality report, aviation analysts OAG ranked Aer Lingus at number 10 in the list of the top 20 most punctual smaller airlines in the world with 84.46% of the Irish carrier's flights arriving on time.
Aer Lingus flight delay compensation
We have found that most Aer Lingus flight compensation claims are dealt with in a reasonable fashion, though at times the company can be somewhat slow when it comes to replying to our compensation demand letters.
Whenever such delays exceed the strict time limits that we have imposed on behalf of our customers, we issue legal action against the company. Unless our letters requesting payment of Aer Lingus cancellation compensation or our Aer Lingus compensation claims are dealt with more promptly, we will continue to litigate as we are always eager to ensure our customers receive the compensation to which they are entitled.