Aer Lingus recovery gains momentum in first half of 2023

An Aer Lingus Airbus A330 in flight over cloud.
Photo Credit: Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus has recorded an operating profit before exceptional items of €40 million for H1 2023, having delivered a very strong performance in Q2 2023.

The first half of 2023 has been particularly significant for the airline, as it not only navigated the challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic but also managed to record an impressive operating profit and gained momentum after an operating loss in Q1.

A Profitable Performance


Breaking down the numbers, the stellar performance of Aer Lingus in H1 2023 is noteworthy. While Q1 2023 saw an operating loss of €81 million, this setback was successfully overcome by a remarkable operating profit of €121 million in Q2.

This turnaround not only underscores the airline’s ability to adapt and respond to changing market conditions but also highlights its increased seasonality. The momentum gained in Q2 sets a positive trajectory as Aer Lingus gears up for the peak summer season later in the year.

Rebuilding Capacity and Expanding Horizons


One of the driving forces behind Aer Lingus’ exceptional performance has been its strategic efforts to rebuild capacity and explore new avenues for growth.

The airline has taken significant steps to restore its operations to pre-pandemic levels, both in terms of routes and frequency.

Notably, the expansion of transatlantic routes and the increase in the number of seats offered to North America in 2023 have been pivotal in attracting a diverse range of travelers.

Aer Lingus has demonstrated its commitment to enhancing connectivity by introducing new routes. The launch of the Cleveland, Ohio route and the resumption of flights to Hartford, Connecticut, underlines the airline’s dedication to providing travelers with convenient options and facilitating seamless journeys.

Resilience in Short Haul and Leisure Travel


While long-haul travel has seen a remarkable resurgence, short-haul travel within Europe has also showcased resilience. The allure of sun-soaked destinations has driven a surge in demand for leisure travel, contributing significantly to Aer Lingus’ success in Q2.

However, it’s important to note that the full recovery of business travel is still in progress. The emphasis on the summer peak season highlights its critical role in reviving this segment of the market.

The Aer Lingus College Football Classic


As Aer Lingus continues to make waves in the aviation industry, an exciting event looms on the horizon – the Aer Lingus College Football Classic match between Notre Dame and Navy.

Scheduled to take place on August 26, 2023, at the iconic Aviva Stadium, this event is expected to draw an impressive crowd of more than 40,000 international travelers.

The match promises not only a thrilling sports spectacle but also a significant milestone in the movement of US citizens for a major international event.

Aer Lingus has also recently announced that it is re-opening its pilot recruitment drive spanning the next five years. The airline is offering 90 aspiring pilots a unique opportunity to realise their ambitions and become a pilot of tomorrow for the airline.

This is the first time since 2019 that the Company is running its intensive pilot training programme and will recruit 18 candidates in this year’s round.

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