Aer Lingus, official airline of the IRFU, is to make 15,840 seats available to rugby fans travelling to Rome, Edinburgh and Cardiff in support of Ireland’s bid to win the 2019 Guinness Six Nations Championship.
6,600 fans will have the opportunity to jet off to Rome on Irish Rugby’s official airline partner to witness Ireland line out against Italy in Stade Olympico on Sunday 24 February with Aer Lingus more than doubling the seat capacity (136%) on its Rome services for that weekend.
For the Wales game, the airline has added a one-off service from Dublin to Cardiff, operated by Stobart Air, offering up to twice daily flights and a total of 2,740 seats to help transport the Irish fans to show their support at Ireland’s final game of the championship.
Aer Lingus will also increase capacity on its Edinburgh routes by 30% to facilitate Irish fans ahead of the Ireland V Scotland game on February 9th. Larger Airbus jet aircraft will service these routes to facilitate demand as Irish Rugby fans lend their support to the team throughout the Six Nations Championships.
Fares for the Edinburgh game leaving Dublin the day before and returning the day after are currently coming in at around €440 on Aer Lingus and a little less on Ryanair but for the Rome game the Ryanair flights back the day after are already sold out.
Over 60 flights between Ireland and Edinburgh will take to the skies making over 6,500 seats available on routes from Dublin, Cork and Shannon to Scotland in total. An additional 1,500 seats have been added on the Dublin-Edinburgh route, and the Cork-Edinburgh route will operate up to three flights daily.
“As the official airline partner of the IRFU, just like the fans, we too are gearing up for an exciting championship,” said Dara McMahon, Aer Lingus Director of Marketing.
“We are proud to bring Home Advantage wherever we play and meet sporting fans’ demand across our route network with new routes and additional seat capacity. We look forward to welcoming the thousands of rugby fans on board Aer Lingus flights in 2019.”