Aer Lingus CEO eyes the prize Bmi Heathrow slots

Posted: March 30, 2012 in Airlines, Aviation & Airports (General News), Heathrow
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AER LINGUS chief executive Christoph Mueller has given his clearest signal yet that the airline would be interested in purchasing Heathrow slots that might shake out from the proposed takeover of Lufthansa-owned British Midland International (BMI) by Willie Walsh-led International Airline Group (IAG).

Aer Lingus CEO Christoph Mueller give clearest signal yet he is interested in aquiring Bmi Heathrow slots

Aer Lingus CEO Christoph Mueller give clearest signal yet he is interested in aquiring Bmi Heathrow slots

“We are after slots in the wake of the proposed acquisition of BMI by IAG or BMI going into receivership,” Mueller told trade publication Air Transport World this week.

“London Heathrow has a huge catchment area and we want to pull more transfer traffic to our long haul [flights]. We have limited growth opportunities in Ireland but we can compensate the weakness of the Irish market by increasing our transfer [traffic]. Our transfer traffic is growing and long haul is doing very well,” he said.

The IAG-BMI deal is currently under review by the European Commission. IAG recently offered to increase the number of slot pairs that it would surrender as part of the deal to 14 from 10 previously in an effort to avoid a lengthy Phase II investigation.

Aer Lingus currently operates 24 daily take-off and landing slots at Heathrow, of which it owns 23.

Mueller also struck a positive note on 2012 profitability with…….

Read the rest of the story at The Irish Times here……

 


The Irish Times
Friday, March 30, 2012


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