My officials and I maintain regular contact with all aviation stakeholders, including Aer Lingus.
It is understood that Aer Lingus is planning to commence services on a small number of transatlantic routes from Manchester later this year. The airline has confirmed that the proposed new routes do not involve the use of aircraft that would otherwise be deployed in Irish airports.
It is understood that the Aer Lingus fleet plan, and the aircraft within its fleet, is sufficient to allow the airline to launch services from regional UK to North America and to also execute plans out of airports in Ireland. In any event, decisions concerning the operation of air services by Aer Lingus is entirely a commercial matter for the company.