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Aer Lingus set to introduce bare bones Transatlantic Saver fares

 Aer Lingus is plumbing new depths in the battle to win passengers on the lucrative Transatlantic route. A month from now passengers will be able to reduce the cost of travelling from Dublin to North America by €40 (almost £37) by opting for the new Saver fare.

The lower cost of Saver fares means passengers will forfeit the option of advanced seat selections and also not be provided with blankets on flights or headsets. The fare saving of €40 is compared to Smart, the next step up on the airline’s cheap fare table.

Saver does not include a check-in baggage allowance either. The fare only includes one item of carry-on luggage albeit with a generous weight allowance of up to 10kgs.

In a statement announcing the launch of Saver, Aer Lingus claimed the fare option was aimed at meeting the demands of 21st flyers. The statement explained Saver offered freedom of choice and both blankets and earphones would be available in-flight, for a price.

It elucidated by saying headsets would cost €5 (£4.60) and blanket hire was €3 (£2.80). The statement finished off by saying seats would allocated to Saver passengers when they arrived at the airport and they would also be served one meal in-flight at no extra charge.

Numerous airlines including Thomas Cook and Wow Air fly the Atlantic. The advantage of flying Aer Lingus is that US bound passengers are able to pre-clear US passport control and customs at Dublin Airport.

Aer Lingus is a stablemate of British Airways. Under the control of parent International Airlines Group both airlines have been accused of sacrificing passenger comforts to maximise profits.

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