Aer Lingus commits to Bradley until 2022

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  • Aer Lingus commits to Bradley International until 2022
  • Likely to be served by A321neoLR 

Sue Henrique of Visit Connecticut with Bill Byrne, Jenny Rafter and Ivan Beacom of Aer Lingus,

Connecticut Governor Daniel P. Malloy said the Aer Lingus service at Hartford Bradley International Airport will continue for at least four more years under a new agreement made with the State, committing the airline to continue its transatlantic service at the airport through September 2022. Aer Lingus has committed to placing one of its first four A321neoLR aircrafts on the Bradley to Dublin route.

Under the original agreement, Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development was to provide Aer Lingus up to a $4.5m revenue guarantee the first two years if total revenue falls short of a pre-determined target. The new agreement calls for a reduced guarantee (limited to certain winter months) of not more than $3.8m in the 2nd year, dropping to not more than $3m in the 3rd year, and not more than $2m in the 4th, bringing the maximum four-year potential subsidy total to $13.3m. In return, Aer Lingus has already committed to operating the service in the 5th and 6th year of service with no subsidy from the state. I

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n addition to state support, in the first two years of the service the CAA contributed to the success of the route with landing fee waivers and the availability of substantial marketing support.

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