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Aer Lingus Deal a Big Opportunity for Dublin Airport

Published on Sep 22 2015 1:41 PM in General Industry tagged: Aer Lingus / airlines / IAG / Dublin Airport

Aer Lingus Deal a Big Opportunity for Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport's managing director Vincent Harrison has said the IAG takeover of Aer Lingus presents a major opportunity for the gateway to develop.

Harrison, speaking to Flightglobal, said the €1.4 billion takeover of Aer Lingus by British Airways parent group IAG will enable it to "continue the growth plans that it has but with a much firmer financial footing that a larger group will provide.”

This growth, says Harrison, will take place "against the background of a lot of airport congestion in the UK which gives us a big opportunity for continuing to grow that connecting base”.

Traffic levels continue to climb in Dublin Airport as a record 2.6 million passengers passed through in August, the busiest in its history. So far in 2015, the airport has registered a 15 per cent growth in traffic.

Harrison also sees the potential for growth in China and India, as Irish businesses are increasingly turning to these markets.

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