Irish airline Aer Lingus may move transatlantic services from Shannon to regional airports in the UK, say reports.

The Irish Times said that two of the airline’s Airbus A321 long-range craft based at Shannon have been grounded since March, amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

They would normally fly from Shannon, in the west of Ireland, to Boston, New York and Heathrow.

The report said Edinburgh and Manchester are among six UK regional airports now bidding have to these craft based with them to provide flights to the US.

Any service is likely to begin in 2021 and run for an initial three years. Aer Lingus pilots and crew would staff the flights, said The Irish Times.

The move could potentially leave Shannon with just one US service, flown by American Airlines, next year.