Ryanair and Aer Lingus sign flight-connection deal

Ryanair and IAG’s Aer Lingus have signed a co-operation agreement to offer connecting flights on each other’s services, the Aer Lingus CEO was quoted as saying on Sunday.

In a first for Ryanair, Europe’s largest budget airline will feed passengers from some of its European routes onto its Irish rival’s transatlantic services, while Aer Lingus will connect onto Ryanair services to various European destinations.

Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O’Leary had long been opposed to selling journeys involving connecting flights but the company started trials on Ryanair-only connections last year.

“We will trial it in the marketplace. If it’s successful, we will live with the problems of success. If not, we will learn the lessons and move on,” Aer Lingus Chief Executive Stephen Kavanagh told Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper.