Aer Lingus Check-in

You can check in for an Aer Lingus flight before or after arriving at the airport: 

  1. Online check-in (i.e., web check-in) 
  2. Mobile check-in (i.e., Android or iOS app)
  3. Advance web check-in
  4. Airport kiosk check-in (a.k.a. FastPass)
  5. Airport counter check-in 

Aer Lingus Check-in Times

The section below provides the Aer Lingus check-in opening and closing times.

  1. Online Check-in Time (Opening and Closing)

You can check in online for an Aer Lingus flight as follows:

  • For flights within Europe 
    • Option 1—Advance Check-in. From 30 days to 30 hours before departure
      (for a fee).
    • Option 2. From 30 hours before departure to:
      • 2 hours before departure for flights from the UK, Ireland, and Amsterdam.
      • 6.5 hours before departure for flights from Rome.
      • 8.5 hours before departure for flights from Faro and Malaga, on Airbus 330 flights.
      • 4.5 before departure for all other flights within Europe.
  • For flights to the United States and Canada. Currently closed—you must physically check in by reaching the airport at least 3.5 hours before departure.
  • Transatlantic flights. From 24 hours to 2 hours before departure.

Note

  • Check-in counter hours vary by airport, so always check in advance.
  1. Mobile App Check-in Time (Opening and Closing)

You can check in with the mobile app for select flights as follows:

  • For flights within Europe. From 30 hours before departure to:
    • 1 hour before departure for flights from the UK, Ireland, and Amsterdam.
    • 6.5 hours before departure for flights from Rome.
    • 8.5 hours before departure for flights from Malaga, on Airbus 330 flights.
    • 4.5 before departure for all other flights within Europe.
  • For flights to the United States and Canada. Currently closed—you must physically check in by reaching the airport at least 3.5 hours before departure.
  • Transatlantic flights. From 24 hours to 2 hours before departure.

Note

  • You must also drop your bags before your check-in deadline or your seat will be allotted to someone else. 
  • You will not be able to check in with the mobile app in the following situations—but you can check in online and print your boarding pass:
    • If your flight’s departure is after 30 hours.
    • If you’re holding a group reservation with 7 or more passengers.
    • If you’ve booked your flight through the Aer Lingus call center or a travel agency.
    • If your flight departs from Faro, Donegal, Izmir, or Bourgas because the airports in the cities do not accept mobile check-ins.
  • Check-in counter hours may vary by airport, so always check in advance.
  1. Airport Self-Service Kiosk (FastPass) Check-in Time (Opening and Closing)

You can check in at a self-service kiosk at Dublin (known as FastPass check-in) within the check-in deadline mentioned on your flight ticket.

  1. Airport Counter Check-in Time (Opening and Closing) 

If you’re checking in at the airport, you must adhere to the deadlines shown in the table below.

FlightsRecommended Arrival TimeCheck-in Closing Time
To/from North America3.5 hours75 minutes (Economy Class)
60 minutes (Business Class)
Within Europe2 hours45 minutes
From London City Airport2 hours30 minutes
NoteThe check-in counter at Shannon Airport does not open before 5am.The check-in counter for Dublin–London City flights closes 40 minutes before departure.

Onward Check-in at Dublin Airport


You can onward check-in at Dublin airport (on the same ticket and day of travel) for select Aer Lingus flights as well as with these airlines: 

  • American Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • JetBlue Airways
  • British Airways
  • Air France
  • Finnair
  • Emirates
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Iberia
  • KLM
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Qantas

Evening Before Check-in Deadlines at Dublin and Cork Airports 

Passengers traveling on Aer Lingus and Aer Lingus Regional from Dublin and Cork airports can present themselves (with each passenger’s passport details/valid ID card) at the airport and drop off their bags the previous evening per the timelines below. If traveling with immediate family, one family member is permitted to check in and drop off all passengers’ bags (but must carry each passenger’s passport/valid ID). The passengers must reach the airport the next morning at least 90 minutes before their flight’s departure.

  • Dublin Airport: From 4pm–8pm for flights departing between 5:30am–8am the next morning.
  • Cork Airport: From 4pm–7.30pm for flights departing between 6am–8am the next morning.

Same-Day Return Check-in at Dublin Airport 

Passengers traveling with hand baggage only can check in for outbound and return flights to most destinations in the United Kingdom.

Boarding Times 

You must reach your boarding gate no later than the time stated on your boarding card, or you will be denied entry.

  • Flights from Ireland, UK, and Europe At least 30 minutes before departure.
    (except Rome and Amsterdam)
  • Flights from Rome and Amsterdam At least 40 minutes before departure.
  • Flights from North America At least 45 minutes before departure.

Note

  • Check-in counter deadlines may vary by airport, so always find out in advance.
  • You must drop your bags before the check-in deadline or your seat will be allotted to someone else. 

How to Check-in Online on Aer Lingus

A screenshot of the online check-in functionality on www.AerLingus.com

You can check in online from Aer Lingus’ website 30 hours before departure till your airport’s closing deadline. 

To check in online from Aer Lingus’ website for your upcoming flight:

  1. Go to AerLingus.com 
  2. Click on the Check in tab 
  3. To retrieve your upcoming flight: 
    1. Enter your Booking Reference and Family Name 
    2. …and click on the Check in button 
  4. Select your upcoming flight 
  5. Confirm your check-in 

You will receive your electronic boarding pass by email—but you’re still required to print it. For printing the boarding pass, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer (it’s free to install). 

After checking in online, on the day of your travel, proceed directly to the Bag Tag and Drop desk (available at select airports) to drop off your checked bag(s).

Note

  • Aer Lingus automatically assigns seats at no extra charge for all passengers, but you can:
    • Change your seat selection before checking in through Manage Trip, or 
    • Change your seat selection during online check-in through the Seating page 🡪 Change Seats button
  • Check-in deadlines hours may vary by airport, so always find out in advance.
  • If you’re departing from Izmir, you must collect a standard boarding pass in exchange for your printed pass per local government requirements. 
  • You must drop your bags before the check-in deadline or your seat will be allotted to someone else. 

Passengers Not Eligible for Online Check-in

You will not be able to check in online if:

  • You’re traveling to North America or Canada
  • Your booking is not confirmed
  • You require medical or special assistance

How to Check in with the Aer Lingus Mobile App 

You can check in with your smartphone through the Aer Lingus mobile app from 30 hours before departure till your check-in deadline (as indicated in the section titled Mobile App Check-in Time). For transatlantic flights, you can check in from 24 hours to 2 hours before departure. Mobile check-in for flights to the United States and Canada is not available, which means you must check in physically at the airport. 

How to check-in


To check in with the Aer Lingus mobile app, log in to the app, select your flight, and follow the intuitive on-screen prompts to check in for your flight. 

After you check in, your mobile app will automatically show up on your screen. You can retrieve it later from the Boarding Passes section to show it at the check-in counter and departure gate.

Note

  • You must drop your bags before your check-in deadline.
  • Mobile app check-in is not possible in the following situations—but you can check in online and print your boarding pass:
    • If your flight’s departure is after 30 hours.
    • If you’re holding a group reservation with 7 or more passengers.
    • If you’ve booked your flight through the Aer Lingus call center or a travel agency.
    • If your flight departs from Faro, Donegal, Izmir, or Bourgas, as the airports in the cities do not accept mobile check-ins.
  • Check-in counter deadlines vary by airport, so always find out in advance.

You can use the Aer Lingus mobile app to: 

  • View your itineraries 
  • Search and book flights 
  • Save your searches
  • Change or cancel your flight 
  • Check your flight status 
  • Check-in online
  • Get your boarding pass 
  • Reserve a seat
  • Add a checked bag
  • Book lounge access
  • Add APIS and passport details 
  • Request a special service 
  • Receive important notifications in real-time
    (such as check-in status, gate numbers, gate changes, etc.)
  • Manage your AerClub account 
  • View your Avios balance, tier status, and credits
  • Save information for quicker bookings
    (personal information, travel companion information, payment information, etc.)
  • Receive discounts, special offers, etc.

How to Check in at the Airport’s Self-Service Kiosk (FastPass Check-in)

You can check in from the self-service kiosks at Dublin Airport. FastPass check-in uses touchscreen technology that allows you to:

  • Check-in in English, Italian, Spanish, German, or French.
  • Access your booking via your booking reference number, passport number, credit card, or Gold Circle Club card.
  • Select and check in the passengers in your booking.
  • Indicate the number of bags you’re checking-in.
  • Change your seat.
  • Add your frequent flyer number.
  • Print your boarding pass.

How to Check in at the Airport Counter


Can you check in at the airport on Aer Lingus?  

If you’re checking in at the airport, Aer Lingus recommends that you reach at least 3.5 hours before departure if you’re traveling to/from North America, and at least 2 hours before departure if you’re traveling within Europe or from London City Airport. 

However, since check-in counter deadlines vary by airport, you should always find out in advance about your airport’s check-in deadline.

Airport counter check-in process. When checking in at the airport counter, you will need to present your ticket and travel documents, such as your passport, and entry and exit documentation of the countries you’re travelling to. You must ensure that your bags are properly tagged and labeled, and that your carry-on and checked bags comply with all the necessary safety and security regulations. 

After checking in, make sure that: 

  1. You have collected your ticket and travel documents from the airport counter. 
  2. You go through the security checks in time. 
  3. Reach the boarding gate at least: 
    1. 30 minutes before departure if your flight is from Ireland, UK, and Europe.
    2. 40 minutes before departure if your flight is from Rome and Amsterdam.
    3. 45 minutes before departure if your flight is from North America.

Points to remember

  • Check-in counter deadlines vary by airport, so always find out in advance.
  • You must drop your bags before the check-in deadline to avoid missing your flight. 
  • Keep extra time if you’re flying to the United States because you’ll need to go through US Pre-Clearance after security screening. This will ensure your US Immigration process has been competed before your flight’s departure. This will save you time after you arrive in the United States. 

Frequently Asked Questions on Aer Lingus Check-in

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