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AER LINGUS OWNER TO EXPAND LOW-COST TRANSATLANTIC FLIGHTS

IAG plans to expand its new low-cost, long-haul airline Level to other European cities, after a successful first month that has seen bookings of the Barcelona-based service top 100,000.

The airlines group, which owns Aer Lingus, Iberia and British Airways, launched Level on March 17, offering flights from Barcelona to the Americas in response to rising competition on transatlantic routes.

IAG's chief executive Willie Walsh said ticket sales in the first month had been "incredible" and the airline would be expanded over the next year.

Keith Matthews