Lonely Planet Writer

This airline’s new fare guarantees an empty middle seat beside you

We all love when the seat beside us is left free on a flight, but one airline has introduced a new fare that guarantees an empty middle seat beside you on a short-haul trip. There will be no elbows encroaching on your space with AerSpace, the new fare offering from Irish airline, Aer Lingus, and this new premium travel experience can be booked now for flights commencing on 1 September.

Aer Lingus has announced the launch of AerSpace, a new premium travel experience for short-haul guests. Image: Colorblind Images LLC

AerSpace guests flying to select destinations across the UK and Europe will be guaranteed an aisle or window seat on the first row of the aircraft, with the middle seat left unoccupied for a roomier travel experience. They will also enjoy reserved cabin space in the bins directly overhead, as well as complimentary lounge access, Fast Track security and priority boarding. They will get to bring a free 20kg bag, and enjoy a complimentary snack and beverage from the in-flight menu.

AerSpace passengers will be guaranteed an aisle or window seat on the first row of the aircraft with the middle seat left unoccupied. Image: Iain White / Fennell Photography

The new fare offering promises a seamless travel experience for those who require more space and comfort, whether it be for business or leisure purposes. “We are proud to launch AerSpace in response to feedback from our guests seeking a more premium and spacious travel experience when flying short-haul with Aer Lingus,” says Susanne Carberry, Aer Lingus’s director of network revenue and loyalty.

Aer Lingus has announced a new fare called AerSpace for passengers on short-haul flights. Image: Iain White / Fennell Photography

The space will cost you though; the new fare is the most expensive out of the airline’s short haul offerings. It’s available to book now for travel from 1 September, and you can visit Aer Lingus here for further information.