ITAA support state decision to sell Aer Lingus
27th May 2015, Dublin The Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) has today announced its support of the government’s recommendation that they proceed with the sale of their shares in Aer Lingus to IAG.
Martin Skelly, President of the ITAA said, “We previously expressed reservations regarding the takeover primarily due to concerns over the preservation of slots in Heathrow, however, we are now confident that the government and Minister Paschal Donohoe have put in place an arrangement to guarantee their retention”.
Skelly continued, “One final issue that we would like to see addressed and that been raised by a number of our members, is the need to retain and develop interline agreements as losing these would have negative implications”.
Skelly concluded, “However, we do acknowledge that the sale is the best course of action and support the government in their plan to sell their shares. We believe that this will be a good move for the airline that will not only help to strengthen the Aer Lingus brand, but will also benefit Irish airports and Irish tourism”.
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.