ITAA voice concerns over Aer Lingus / IAG takeover
27th January 2015, Dublin The Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) has today voiced concerns regarding the proposed takeover of Aer Lingus by IAG.
Pat Dawson, CEO of the ITAA said, “We would have a number of reservations with regard to the proposed takeover of Aer Lingus by IAG. It is crucial that the existing routes between Dublin, Cork, Shannon and Heathrow Airport are protected; no deal should be agreed without confirmation of this in writing”.
Dawson continued, “Any deal that inflicts upon the choice of routes and the capacities available to Irish consumers will not be welcomed by the ITAA. It is our opinion that the Aer Lingus brand is worth more than the €1.35 billion currently proposed. Not only is it one of the World’s top ten safest low cost airlines, but it also a company that is viewed with great loyalty and fondness by the Irish public”.
“If the deal must go ahead, we would urge the Government to impose strict stipulations that protect Irish consumers, Irish airports and Irish jobs. Aer Lingus is an Irish institution and its importance to the Irish travel industry and the Irish travelling public can’t be overstated,” said Dawson.
The ITAA represents Ireland’s travel Industry, bringing together 100 member companies covering 161 outlets in different towns and cities throughout the Republic of Ireland. ITAA members are licensed by the Commission for Aviation Regulation and are fully bonded providing full financial protection for their customers.