The Irish Exporters Association (IEA) has said the daily air freight link between Ireland and the US is "a strategic trade corridor" for Ireland and must be taken into consideration in assessing any offer for Aer Lingus.
The airline is of strategic importance to the export industry, particularly the high-tech and life sciences sectors, the industry body said.
"The Aer Lingus flights to the US carry about 52 per cent of the value of our...
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