Letter to the Editor: Domestic Flights could be the answer for Aer Lingus

One reader reminisces about the good old days when one could fly from Cork to Dublin for work in well under an hour
Letter to the Editor: Domestic Flights could be the answer for Aer Lingus
Aer Lingus/Aer Arann suspended their domestic Cork to Dublin flight over a decade ago. Picture: Jason Clarke. 

The Government's Covid-19 travel restrictions are putting severe pressure on Aer Lingus, the country's flag carrier airline.

Irish Airline Pilots’ Association president Evan Cullen warned the Oireachtas special committee on Covid-19 response on Friday that it was not sustainable for the carrier to continue burning €1.5m a day with little revenue being generated. 

He said that if the Government wanted to stick with tough travel restrictions, it would also have to provide aid to airlines to ensure that an aviation industry remained at the end of all this. He is, of course, correct.

My fellow Cork colleagues reminisce about the good old days when one could fly from Cork to Dublin for work in well under an hour.

Now we are facing into a winter of train journeys which will take almost three hours each way, unless we drive our cars up and down the motorway every time we have to attend the Four Courts.

Perhaps Aer Lingus would adopt the much-cherished domestic flight from Cork to Dublin which was suspended by Aer Arann 10 years ago.

Our neighbours in Kerry have the luxury of flying to Dublin, as do the people of Donegal.

Bringing this flight route back would help Aer Lingus, and it would help us.

After all, we are all in this together.

Doireann O’Mahony BL

Courthouse Chambers,

Washington Street,

Cork

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