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Aer Lingus is the national flag carrier airline of Ireland who's founded in 1936 and operates from its base at Dublin Airport. The Irish carrier flies to over 100 destinations including Aberdeen, Agadir, Alicante, Athens, Baltimore, Belfast, Berlin, Birmingham, Chicago, Copenhagen, Cork, Derry, Dusseldorf, Faro, Edinburgh, Lyon, Madrid, Milan, Munich, New York, Stuttgart, Toronto and many others. The carrier serves over 12 million passengers per year.

In 2015, the International Airlines Group (IAG) bought Aer Lingus shares from the Irish Government and Ryanair to complete the IAG's takeover. The airline was previously a member of the Oneworld Alliance. Still, it has no plans to re-enter the alliance despite most IAG airlines being a member of Oneworld.

The airline has codeshare agreements with Air CanadaBritish AirwaysEtihad AirwaysJetBlue AirwaysKLM and United Airlines.

In 2021, the airline launched a sister company operating out of Manchester, England, called Aer Lingus UK.

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Baggage Policy

Aer Lingus passengers are permitted to carry one piece of checked baggage, one piece of carry-on baggage and one personal item onboard their flight.

Carry-on Baggage

Passengers are permitted a carry on bag, weighing a maximum of 10kg. This item must be no more than 55 x 40 x 24 cm. Please note that Aer Lingus regional services baggage allowance is a 7kg bag that is no larger than 48 x 33 x 20cm.

In addition, passengers are permitted one small personal item, such as a small handbag, a laptop case, camera case or reading material.

Checked Baggage

Checked bags must not exceed the combined dimensions of 158cm and all bags must weigh less than 32kg.

Passengers travelling within Europe can purchase the following bag sizes:

  • Medium - one 20kg bag
  • Large - one 25kg bag
  • XL - two bags with a combined total weight of 40kg

Passengers travelling on transatlantic routes are permitted one bag weighing 23kg.

Excess Baggage

If you wish to buy excess baggage, please contact our customer service team.

Check-In Information

Online and airport check-in is available for Aer Lingus flights. Opening and closing times vary.

Online Check-In

The airline offers passengers online check-in for their flights. To complete online check-in, go to the online check-in page or via the Aer Lingus app (iOSAndroid).

For European flights, this opens 30 days before flying, and closes depending on the departure airport:

  • Ireland / UK / Amsterdam - 2 hours prior to departure
  • Rest of Europe(Exceptions see below) - 4.5 hours prior to departure
  • Rome - 6.5 hours prior to departure
  • Malaga / Faro (When operated by Airbus 330) - 8.5 hours prior to departure

For transatlantic flights, online check-in will open 24 hours prior to departure, closing 2 hours before.

Airport Check-In

Alternatively, passengers can check in for their flights at the airport check-in counters:

For flights within Europe, check-in counters open 2 hours before departure up until 45 minutes before departure.

For flights departing from London City Airport, the airport check-in counters are open 2 hours before departure up until 30 minutes before departure.

With flights to/from North America, the check-in desks are open 3.5 hours before departure and close 75 minutes before takeoff.

Cabin Classes

Aer Lingus has 3 cabin classes to choose from - Economy, Premium Economy and Business. Take a look below at the different services available for each cabin class:

Economy Class

Standard seats are the majority of seats on the aircraft. This seating is similar to what you would expect from Economy Class. Passengers flying standard can also choose 'Choice Seats', to be the first off the plane when you arrive, or 'Exit Seats', situated at the emergency exit rows, meaning extra legroom!

Economy Class Facilities

On all transatlantic flights, Economy passengers are served a complimentary meal. Alternatively, passengers can ‘Dine Up’ to a superior meal service, using the best Irish ingredients, accompanied by a choice of red/white wine. Simply order online and present your voucher on board!

What are Economy Class Seats Like?

Pre-booking seats means you can get your preference between aisle or window.

Premium Economy

Aer Lingus' Premium Economy class 'AerSpace' is available on select flights from 1st September 2019 and provides passengers with more space and comfort. no matter what the passenger's needs are.

Premium Economy Facilities

Premium Economy passenger are given lounge access, premium boarding and security, as well as refreshments from the airline's in-flight menu.

Premium Economy Seats

Seats are set out in a 3 x 3 formation, with the middle seat left vacant as to give each passenger on either side more room.

Business Class

Aer Lingus is dedicated to providing its Business Class passengers with a stress-free flight. The airline provides its passengers with ample space and legroom as well as Luxury Dining on board.

Business Class Facilities

At the airline lounge, you can prepare for your flight away from the busy airport floor. Enjoy complimentary WIFI, drinks and snacks or head to the "Revival Lounge" to freshen up with a shower before your flight. The airline works with some of the best chefs in Ireland to provide you with a fusion of modern and traditional Irish Food using the freshest ingredients.

What are Business Class Seats Like?

So that you can arrive at your destination feeling refreshed and alert, Business Class seats convert into a fully-flat 6.5ft bed. With a width of 22in, you'll have room to stretch out and get comfortable as you cross the Atlantic.

First Class

The airline doesn't have a First Class Cabin. The airline's most premium cabin class, with the highest standard of service, is Business Class.

In-flight Entertainment

As you cross the Atlantic, Aer Lingus offers an excellent range of blockbuster movies and engaging TV shows to keep you entertained. You can also play games and stay connected with free in-flight WIFI.


Aer Lingus has episodes from your favourite addictive series as well as period dramas to keep you entertained during your flight.


With over 50 amazing releases, you're bound to find a film that suits your tastes. From award-winning movies to heartwarming animated films, the movies onboard your flight will keep you entertained for hours.


Meal Options

Passengers travelling in economy within Europe can purchase items from the ‘Bia’ menu. This menu features hot and cold means, such as a traditional Irish Breakfast, sandwiches, wraps, crisps, confectionery and cakes.

Passengers travelling transatlantic are given a complimentary meal. Passengers departing Ireland are given a hot lunch and a tasty evening snack, and passengers arriving in Ireland are given a hot dinner, and sometimes a hot breakfast sandwich on select flights.

Passengers on transatlantic flights can purchase additional meals from the Bia menu, either by pre-ordering or on board.

Special Dietary Requirements

Aer Lingus offer passengers who are travelling to or from the U.S. the ability to order special meals. These must be requested online from the airline website at least 48 hours before departure, or 24 hours before when phoning the airline directly. The meals available are:

Drinks & Alcohol

Travelling within Europe? Aer Lingus’ Bia menu allows passengers to purchase a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, such as spirits, beer, wine and also soft drinks.

On transatlantic flights, passengers are given complimentary soft drinks, with the opportunity to purchase alcoholic beverages.

Frequent Flyer Program

Aer Lingus operates a frequent flyer program called AerClub to reward regular travellers.

AerClub is the first Irish airline loyalty programme to give its members the opportunity to collect reward points not only by booking flights on the carrier and selected air partners, but also on non-air travel purchases from an extensive range of brands that include retail, hotels and car hire.

Seat Selection

Alternative Airlines customers can now pre-book Aer Lingus seats when purchasing their flight. Choose from available seats so you have the most comfortable flight possible.

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Destinations that Aer Lingus flies to

Aer Lingus operates flights around Europe and North America. Aer Lingus announced that it is operating flights from Manchester to Orlando, Barbados and New York in Summer 2021 and Boston in Summer 2022.

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Hub Airport

Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport is the main hub airport for Aer Lingus and has two runways and can handle nearly 22m passengers every year. The airport is a popular choice for passengers planning to travel to Ireland to celebrate St Patrick's Day.

Other airlines which fly to and from Dublin Airport include Aegean AirlinesAir EuropaAir CanadaAir MoldovaAir TransatAmerican Airlines, Blue AirBritish AirwaysFlyOneRyanairSunExpressTransaviaUnited Airlines and many others.


Aer Lingus has a diversified Airbus fleet and a few ATR aircraft. These aircraft include Airbus 321Airbus 320 and ATR 42/72 for short-haul operations and Airbus 330-200 and -300 and Airbus 321neoLR for medium to long-haul destinations.

The ATR aircraft are operated for Aer Lingus Regional, which is operated by Emerald Airlines.

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Frequently asked questions

Can I book last-minute flights with Aer Lingus?

Of course! When you book through Alternative Airlines you can purchase ANY last-minute Aer Lingus flight quickly and easily. Head over to the search form at the top of the page to begin your search for last-minute Aer Lingus flights.

Does Aer Lingus operate domestic flights in Ireland?

Yes! If you're looking for domestic flights in Ireland, Aer Lingus is a great airline to fly with! Aer Lingus currently operates domestic flights in Ireland between Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Knock and Shannon.