Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus is Ireland’s national airline, founded by the Irish Government in 1936 to offer passenger flights between Ireland and the UK. From these limited early flights, Aer Lingus has gone on to carry over 10 million passengers to almost 70 destinations across Ireland, the UK, Continental Europe and the USA.

The name Aer Lingus is derived from the Irish word ‘long’ meaning ‘ship’, literally translating into ‘Air Fleet’. The vivid green shamrock livery emblazoned on each aircraft is one of Ireland’s most famous and distinctive images. For Aer Lingus it represents their history as the first airline to make worldwide travel a reality for people living in Ireland. Aer Lingus prides itself on a very personal, caring service with friendly staff that offers real value for money. It is this 'great care' that Aer Lingus believe has set them apart from their rivals and ensured a loyal customer base.

The following information is correct as of July 2014 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy. 

Why fly with Aer Lingus

How to Check In

Aer Lingus offer online check-in via their website. Passengers can check-in from 30 hours up to 2 hours before flight departure. Aer Lingus offer the traditional option to check-in at the airport for no additional charge or there are the easy to use FastPass kiosks located in the airport where passengers can select their seat, print boarding passes and check-in for their return flight; particularly helpful for travellers only carrying hand luggage or are returning within 24 hours. Mobile check-in via smartphone is available using the free Aer Lingus mobile app. Passengers having problems printing their boarding pass, can have them reprinted at the airport free of charge. Gates close 75 minutes before departure of long haul flights and 45 minutes for short haul. For fights departing from Belfast City airport the gate closes 30 minutes prior to take-off. Travellers with checked-in luggage must leave extra time at the airport to drop off bags at the Bag Tag and Drop Desk.

Baggage Allowance and Fees

Aer Lingus permits only one single piece of cabin baggage per passenger which must not exceed dimensions 55cm x 40cm x 24cm or a weight of 10kg. Those flying Business Class are permitted one additional ‘personal’ item of hand luggage such as a laptop bag, handbag or briefcase. There is no free checked baggage entitlement for low fare Economy flights. For the next grade up, the Economy Plus and Flex fares, up to one additional free and two additional free checked bags are allowed respectively. Long haul flight entitlement varies from one checked bag up to three depending on the type of fare and the destination. Please check the website for more details. Low fare flights incur a checked baggage charge of 15 Euro when booked online, or a 30 Euro fee if paid at the airport. Therefore, booking luggage online will mean a saving of 50 percent. All subsequent fares only incur charges for checking-in two or more bags. Overweight baggage is charge at 9 Euro per kilo if paid online or 15 Euro if paid at the airport. Small musical instruments may qualify as hand luggage. Medical equipment is carried free of charge while sport equipment will carry the standard excess baggage rates.


Seating can be selected online via the Aer Lingus website. Reserving a standard seat is free of charge, however if one closer to the front of the aircraft or one with extra legroom is required, an additional charge of between 5 and 25 Euro is added for short haul flights or between 20 and 40 Euro for long haul. Please note that Transatlantic flights come with more leg room as standard.

Booking Fees

A fee of 7 Euro is charged per person, per flight on all Aer Lingus bookings.

Service on Board

The on-board service varies depending on whether the flight is Economy or Business class, within Europe or transatlantic. All transatlantic routes offer passengers the option to purchase wifi, power sockets and a choice of in-flight movies, TV programs, music, games and radio stations. On European short haul economy flights there is the option to purchase hot and cold drinks, meals and snacks onboard from the Sky Deli or via their pre-ordering service. Business class passengers can expect complimentary canapés, a hot lunch service, dessert and cheese courses and an evening snack. On long haul economy flights a bar, hot dinner service and duty free are available on-board. Aer Lingus prides itself on using the best locally sourced Irish ingredients for all their in-flight meals.


Aer Lingus’ punctuality record can be viewed online via their website.

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