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Two Aer Lingus employees have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in a €18 million human smuggling ring.

The operation was uncovered after the Special Detective Unit the Garda National Immigration Bureau discovered that Aer Lingus employees were smuggling immigrants into the country through Dublin airport, according to the Independent.  

Ryanair have taken the opportunity to take a shot at the rival airline, posting a series of tweets that most Twitter users found to be in poor taste. 

Making light of the controversy, the first tweet says that their seats are "cheaper (and more comfortable) than Aer Lingus' catering truck."

This comes after sources told the Independent that each person wishing to be smuggled into Dublin can pay anything between €10,000 and €30,000 to be helped enter the country illegally. 

Another tweet shows a mock-up of an Aer Lingus catering trolley with human hands and feet sticking out.

The captions reads "Smart Immigrants flies Aer Lingus."  

The tweets have caused outrage online, with people claiming that Ryanair have gone too far with their notoriously tongue-in-cheek communications.Some have even branded the tweets "racist."

Labour leader Brendan Howlin also weighed in on the controversy, tweeting: “Unbelievably cheap shot from Ryanair. Low standards, made simple.”

A Ryanair spokesperson said: "While everyone loves our low fares, our social media posts may not cater to all tastes."

The two Aer Lingus employees, along with the man being smuggled, will appear in court today. 



From air hostess to champion wrestler, Dubliner Rebecca Quin has come a long way in just three years.

The 29-year-old took home the belt on Sunday night becoming the WWE Women’s Champion after a tough journey to the top.


On the road to everything I ever wanted #backlash #smackdownlive #womenschampionship

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Rebecca, better known to her wrestling fans as ‘Becky Lynch’, has been wresting for nearly 15 years after starting in a school in Bray as a teen.

At just 18, Rebecca moved to Canada to pursue her passion however injury forced her out of the ring and into the skies as she began working for Aer Lingus as an air hostess.


#tbt to the days when I was a flight attendant…. Like mother like daughter. Flying high in different ways these days!

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The Baldoyle woman worked there for over two years but made her big return in 2013 when she was signed to WWE.

Speaking after her amazing win on Sunday night, Rebecca said:

"There was so many times when I doubted myself and a lot of other people did too.

"I was told that I wasn't going to make it… but this makes all the pain worthwhile.


Did this really happen???

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“I always wanted to be in the WWE and now to be women's champion… it means the world. It means the universe."



Tributes have been paid to an Irishman who died last weekend on board an Aer Lingus flight home from Boston.

PJ Coleman was travelling to visit his daughter who lives in the US.

The 69-year-old from Roscommon was flying with his wife, Síle at the time and it is believed he suffered from a heart attack.

Locals from his hometown descirbed him as a "hard-working family man."

We hope he rests in peace.



Back in our parents’ day, air travel was considered the absolute height of sophistication.

But with the advent of last-minute flights, online booking and reduced fares, we’d be lying if we claimed the same for our generation.

For the vast majority of millennials, most flights trigger the same level of excitement as the morning commute – none, whatsoever – and yet there are some airlines who still manage to capture a little old-school magic when it comes to air travel.

Acknowledging this through their leading Airline Rating system, Skytrax have awarded Aer Lingus its distinguished 4-Star rating thereby placing it among the top 40 airlines in the world for quality and service.

Commenting on the accolade, Aer Lingus Chief Executive, Stephen Kavanagh, said: "We are delighted to have achieved a 4 Star rating from Skytrax which recognises our product offering, service and overall guest experience as word-class.”

With Aer Lingus announced as Ireland’s only 4-Star airline, Stephen continued: “The needs of our guests are central to everything we do and this achievement not only confirms that our service enhancements are responding to those needs, it also confirms our status as global leader within the air travel industry."

Mike Rutter, Chief Operating Officer, is determined that the Irish airline – recognised worlwide by the shamrock on its tailfin – will maintain the high standards for which it's been known since its establishment in 1936.

"We will fight on a daily basis; to maintain that rating; to continue to deliver punctuality better than our competition and to retain a listening ear to our guests."

"We are thrilled to have achieved a 4-Star rating from Skytrax, to receive official recognition for Aer Lingus’ world-class product offering and service," he added.

We feel a holiday coming on…



Ugh. If flying away on your holiday wasn't dear enough, Ryanair and Aer Lingus have just announced price increases on checked-in baggage.

And guess what? It comes into play TODAY. 

According to the Independant, Aer Lingus used to charge €20 for bags weighing 20kg, but will now charge €35. And for 15kg, the airline has increased its price from €15 to €25.

Ryanair have similar price hikes, with luggage weighing 20kg going up from €25 to €40 and smaller bags weighing 15kg will go up from €20 to €30. 

It's nearly just as dear as the price of a flight itself now!



Flights leaving Dublin airport have been grounded this morning due to strike action taking place in France.

Anyone heading away on an Aer Lingus or Ryanair flight will need to check in with their airline since 70 Ryanair flights across Europe have been cancelled and Aer Lingus has also been forced to cancel five flights in and out of Dublin.

Aer Lingus has issued a warning that if your flight is going over French airspace, there could be major delays, as French air traffic controllers are taking industrial action today.

If your flight has been cancelled or implicated due to this, you can rebook, reschedule or apply for a refund with both airlines.

There are three more strikes planned for next month, as air traffic controllers are protesting against planned government labour reforms. 

To check out if your flight is cancelled or delayed with Ryanair, visit here. And for flight disruption info with Aer Lingus, check out the list here



Have you been dreaming of getting away from the doom and gloom of Irish weather to somewhere as glamorous as LA?

Well, thanks to Aer Lingus, who are launching new direct routes to LAX from the 4th of May, now you can! *Breathe ladies, breathe.*

Fares from Dublin to Los Angeles are going for as little as €299 from 1st September to 31st October (Not too bad, eh?)

The incredible launch comes as part of Aer Lingus’ transatlantic expansion which also includes new routes to Newark, New Jersey and Hartford Connecticut from September 2016. 

To start the official countdown of their new direct route to LA, Aer Lingus invited some lucky guests to have a 'LAXperience' on South King Street, and we understandably got stuck right in. 

Starting our day off 'the LA way' with a healthy but delish breakfast, we then channelled our inner Angeleno and got to grips with a spot of 'Hoop Yoga' (As you do).

To top it all off, there was a special performance by a street crew straight off of Venice Beach called 'The Calypso Brothers'.

Made up of dancers, acrobats, gymnasts and contortionists, these guys showcased their incredible break-dancing, body-bending and super-human strength, and made us all the more pumped to catch a flight and see them again!

Girls, it's go-time.




After receiving the devastating news that the British polar research ship might not be called Boaty McBoatface, Aer Lingus decided to take one for the team and name a few new fleet members.

Taking to Twitter, the Aer Lingus account shared a photo of one of its A330-200 planes, and written on the side is the new glorious name: Planey McPlaneface.

The airline captioned the snap: "Fleet goals."

And it's safe to say, Aer Lingus fans went wild for the change:




Whether you're sitting in the office, sitting at home or sitting in college, it's safe to say that the majority of us are probably dreaming of our next getaway, right? 

Well, Aer Lingus are celebrating the launch of two new routes to the East Coast of America by giving away lots of flights worth over €10,000 – all you need to do is play a game of Guess Who.

In the game, contestants will be challenged to recognise some famous faces from Connecticut and New Jersey on a massive board game and whoever guesses the right person through the process of elimination will win.

One winner from each of the various rounds will win a pair of return flights to one of the US East Coast destinations. The airline will have two people playing at any given time so your chances of winning are actually quite high.

If you want to take part, show up at Grand Canal Dock in Dublin on Friday between 1-2pm and you could be chosen to play.

Who knows, you might win big on your lunch break.

Aer Lingus new destinations include flying direct from Dublin to Newark, New Jersey and Hartford and Connecticut from September.



If you've managed to survive the first week back to reality post Christmas without running for the cover of your duvet, give yourself a pat on the back.

And then get your butt over to Aer Lingus's website to check out their 48-hour flash sale.

The airline have just announced that they're offering 20% off ALL European routes for flights purchased between now and midnight tomorrow night, Sat Jan 9.

So if a mini-break between February 1 and April 30 sounds like just the thing to boot you out of your January slump, get booking.

For some travel inspiration, here are a few spots we're dying to explore more in 2016…

Copenhagen, Denmark


Amsterdam, Holland


Malaga, Spain


Dusseldorf, Germany


Budapest, Hungary




In what is probably one of the best Christmas presents to ever receive, Aer Lingus just made this year very special for a lot of people.

The airline asked Irish people living in America to share their stories of why they want to come home to Ireland for the holidays – and then they gave five lucky people return flights. 

Flying from all across America and Canada, they all captured their journeys home on video. 

Be warned ladies, we're sobbing while watching this: 




A number of flights between Ireland and the UK have been called off this morning as a result of bad weather conditions.

The blanket of heavy fog over parts of Ireland and the UK has yet to lift after three days, meaning many passengers were left stranded at Dublin Airport this morning.

Three flights out of Dublin so far have been cancelled, at 6.35am, 7.50am and 8.45am. Passengers at Shannon and Belfast Airports have also been delayed by several hours, while four flights from London to Dublin have been pulled.

Yesterday over 100 flights out of Heathrow were cancelled due to the adverse conditions.

Thankfully Met Éireann says the fog should lift during the morning, while UK's Met Office has lifted its "be aware" warning.

Aer Lingus and other airlines have promised that passengers on cancelled flights will be re-accommodated or entitled to a refund.

The flight problems have affected a number of international passengers travelling to Dublin for the Web Summit this week, which will see 40,000 attendees descend on the capital for the massive tech conference.

Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave took to Twitter this morning to sympathise with those experiencing travel issues,

Fingers crossed we get better weather today.