On its 50th anniversary Aer Lingus faces challenges into the future.

Aer Lingus confidently enters its 50th year having had perhaps its best ever year in 1985.

Cathal Mullan, Chief Executive with Aer Lingus, speaks to RTÉ News about the profits on the North Atlantic route. With the fall in the US dollar Europe is now much less attractive as a holiday destination for Americans providing challenges for the airline. Terrorism threats have further reduced American interest in Europe as a destination. A weaker sterling also reduces the attractiveness of Ireland as a holiday option for British travellers. Growing competition from other airlines is also creating challenges for Aer Lingus in growing market share.

An RTÉ News report by Feargas O'Raghallaigh broadcast on 19 March 1986.