Aer Lingus, and the Travel Department launch new partnership

From: Aer Lingus
Published: Wed Sep 07 2011

Aer Lingus has been announced as a new partner to and the Travel Department, assisting them in providing an extensive range of holidays from Ireland on

In major news for the Irish travel industry and Irish consumers, "Holidays with Aer Lingus" will combine the flexibility of scheduled flights with quality assured accommodation and transfers, giving holidaymakers the complete holiday package solution.

There is a wide range of sun holidays, city breaks, escorted holidays and cruise holidays to most Aer Lingus destinations and this convenient one stop shop solution will give the consumer total flexibility, choice, value and protection.

"Holidays with Aer Lingus" are fully bonded and protected against ash cloud, snow and other unforeseen circumstances, a huge plus for the consumer.

The prices are very competitive and offer excellent value for money. There is an innovative holiday price comparison tool to show the consumer where they can get the same holiday for less by moving their planned departure date by a few days.

"Holidays with Aer Lingus" is a joint partnership between Aer Lingus and and The Travel Department, two Irish owned travel firms with extensive experience in a wide range of holidays.

Stephen Kavanagh, Chief Commercial Officer at Aer Lingus said: "Aer Lingus is delighted to enter into this partnership with and The Travel Department. The partnership will provide customers with the option to book a complete package holiday on"

"Our partnership with Aer Lingus provides the travelling public with more flexibility, convenience and a secure and protected holiday," added Paul Hackett of and The Travel Department.

"There is a definite move from charter to scheduled flights over the years and although people like the idea of a 'DIY' holiday, to have the complete holiday solution with total flexibility all on one site, is a major advantage. By partnering with Aer Lingus we can offer an extensive range of holidays to almost every destination offered by the airline," Paul concluded.

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About was launched in May 2010 and is Ireland’s fastest growing online travel company. provides a range of holidays using Aer Lingus scheduled flights at savings of up to 25% compared to charter tour operators. The Irish owned company currently offer holidays to Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Turkey, Morocco and Croatia. They also have an extensive city breaks programme. Holidays to Florida and flight offers from USA cities will be online from October with Ski holidays planned for next year.

About the Travel Department:
Established in 1996, and the market leader in quality escorted holidays from Ireland, The Travel Department, cover many destinations served by Aer Lingus in Europe and the USA. The Travel Department specialises in sightseeing and cultural holidays, cruises and special interest tours such as wine, garden, opera, theatre and motor sport holidays.

About Aer Lingus:
Aer Lingus was founded by the Irish Government in April 1936 to provide air services to/from Ireland. The first flight, from Dublin to Bristol, took place on May 27th 1936. On October 2nd 2006, Aer Lingus entered a new phase in its history with the airline's floatation on the Irish and London Stock Exchanges, becoming a publicly quoted company and realising €400 million in equity for the airline's future growth.

Aer Lingus offers a number of cheap flights to and from Ireland and flight offers from Ireland including travel vouchers.

Aer Lingus' low-cost, low fares model is centred on maintaining low unit cost, offering one way fares, maintaining effective fleet utilisation and developing the Aer Lingus brand. Consistent with this low-cost model, Aer Lingus' primary distribution channel is its website In 2007, approximately 75% of total passenger revenue was generated through

For further information:
Declan Kearney
Aer Lingus Corporate Communications
Aer Lingus Head Office
Dublin Airport
Co. Dublin
PA 06-39
00 353 86 6172702
Company: Aer Lingus
Contact Name: Declan Kearney
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Contact Phone: 00 353 86 6172702

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