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: 

  • 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

If your flight is within Europe, you can advance check in (for a fee) from 30 days to 30 hours before your flight’s departure. The second option is to check in (at no charge) from 30 hours 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 hours before departure for all other flights within Europe.

If your flight is to the United States or Canada, you must physically check in by reaching the airport at least 3.5 hours before departure as online check-in is currently closed for these destinations. Once this facility opens, you can check in for all transatlantic flights from 24 hours to 2 hours before departure. 

Two things to remember: 

  1. Always keep enough buffer time to check in your luggage before the counters close.
  2. Check-in counter hours may vary by airport, so always find out in advance.

You should reach the airport with sufficient time to check in, drop your bags, and go through security screening. To ensure you don’t get delayed and miss your flight, Aer Lingus recommends that you reach the airport: 

  • 3.5 hours before departure if your flight is to/from the United States
  • 2 hours before departure if your flight is within Europe or from London City Airport

If you’ve check in online and received your boarding pass by email, you’ll need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer to be able to print it. The software is free to install and takes a couple of minutes to download and set up. 

If you’ve saved soft copy of your boarding pass on your smartphone, you don’t not need to print your boarding pass. However, you’ll need a printed copy if: 

  • Your airport does not accept mobile passes
    (such as Faro, Donegal, Izmir, or Bourgas)
  • You’ve booked your flight through a call center or a travel agency

The Aer Lingus check-in bag size, i.e., luggage that you’ll be checking in, must not exceed 158cm/62in in combined dimensions (L + W + H) per checked bag. 

The international check-in times for passengers checking in at the airport are as follows: 

  • 3.5 hours before departure for passengers traveling to/from North America
  • 2 hours before departure for passengers traveling within Europe or from London City Airport. 

The counter check-in times at international airports can vary, so always find out in advance your local airport’s check-in times. 

If you’re having online check-in problems at Aer Lingus, try checking in with the mobile app (it’s free to download). Alternatively, check in at the airport self-service kiosk (if your airport has one) or airport counter. 

Aer Lingus UK online check-in (i.e., Advance Check-in) opens 30 days before departure and closes 30 hours before departure. This service is available for a fee. Normal online check-ins for flights departing from the UK start 30 hours before departure and close 2 hours before departure.

If you’re travelling from or to the United States, the cost of checking in a bag at Aer Lingus is:

  • On Saver fares 
    • USD/CAD 54.99 for a 44lb/20kg bag 
    • USD/CAD 59.99 for a 55lb/25kg bag 
    • USD/CAD 64.99 for a 66lb/30kg bag 
  • On all other fares
    • USD/CAD 74.99 for a 44lb/20kg bag 
    • USD/CAD 79.99 for a 55lb/25kg bag 
    • USD/CAD 84.99 for a 66lb/30kg bag

To check-in online, go to www.AerLingus.com and click on the Check in tab. Then retrieve your flight booking by entering your booking reference and family name, select your upcoming flight, and confirm your check in by following the onscreen prompts. You will receive an electronic copy of your boarding pass on your registered email ID.

You can check in for your Aer Lingus flight from Terminal C at Boston Logan Airport.
If you’ll be receiving someone on an inbound Aer Lingus flight, go to Terminal E.

Yes, you can. Aer Lingus allots seats automatically, but you can easily change your seat when you’re checking in for your flight online through the Change Seats button on the Seating page. You can also change your seat prior to checking in through Manage Trip.

The most important thing to remember if you’re flying to the United States on Aer Lingus is that you must check in physically at the airport—you cannot check in online, with the mobile, or at the airport’s self-service kiosk. 

Other things to remember if you’re flying to/from the United States are as follows: 

  • You must reach the airport at least 3.5 hours before your flight’s departure.
  • The check-in counters close 75 minutes before departure for Economy Class and 60 minutes before departure for Business Class 

You can check in online for most Aer Lingus flights except if: 

  • You’re travelling to the United States or Canada.
  • Your booking is not confirmed.
  • You require special/medical assistance at the airport or on the flight. 

In all such cases, you will have to check in physically at the airport.

You can check-in at Barcelona Airport for your Aer Lingus flight from Terminal 2 – T2 on most days. Since terminals can change at times, you must always check before your flight either by looking at your ticket or from this link. 

You can check in at Orlando Airport from Terminal A for your Aer Lingus flight. However, you must refer to your flight ticket for your check-in information or check your departing flight’s information thorough this link.

Aer Lingus recommends that you reach the airport 3.5 hours before departure.

You can check in from 24 hours to 2 hours before your flight’s departure. If you plan to check in at the airport counter, you should reach JFK Airport (Terminal 5) 3.5 hours before your flight’s scheduled departure time. This will ensure you have enough time to check in, drop your bags, go through security, and reach the boarding gate without being late. 

For more information, call the Aer Lingus office at JFK Airport on (800) 474-7424.

Air Lingus check-ins are free—unless you’ve purchased the Advance Check-in option. This option is available for a fee on all routes within Europe, and allows you to check in for your flight from as early as 30 days to 30 hours before departure.

Aer Lingus’ check-in opening times are as follows: 

  • Advance Check-in opens 30 days before departure (for a fee).
  • Online/Mobile Check-in
    • Opens 24 hours before departure for transatlantic flights.
    • Opens 30 hours before departure for most non-transatlantic flights. 
    • Is not permitted for passengers travelling to the United States or Canada.
  • Airport Counter Check-in:
    • The opening times vary by airport. 
    • Is mandatory for passengers travelling to the United States and Canada, who must reach the airport at least 3.5 hours before departure.  

No, Aer Lingus does not require your passport details if you’re checking in online or with the mobile app. Only the booking reference and family name are required for checking in. 

You’ll be required to show your passport at the airport if you’re flying on an international route, however, 

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