“Aer Lingus has been informed that it has been ranked second in its application for slots to be released by IAG to operate the London Heathrow-Edinburgh route,” an Aer Lingus spokesman said last night.
“We are awaiting receipt of a copy of the European Commission’s decision, setting out the basis of this ranking. The process is still ongoing and we will consider the European Commission’s decision in detail upon receipt.”
Certainly a blow for Aer Lingus which as outlined here, was hoping to open its first domestic UK route. It follows a repositioning of its routes focusing on more business and short haul routes such as from their new base at Belfast. The Irish Independent and Irish Times covers it here.
Virgin however are on the up, having just launched their first domestic route, LHR – MAN recently this will be seen as a boost to an airline who may be looking to join on of the three big alliances soon.
Steve Ridgeway, chief executive of Virgin Atlantic, said:”This is the beginning of an exciting new era in Virgin Atlantic history and we now feel a responsibility to everyone that has supported us in this challenge.”