Aer Lingus has announced a new premium fare category for short-haul economy passengers.

From September 1, those who buy AerSpace tickets from UK airports including Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester to Ireland will be guaranteed an aisle or window seat on the first row of the aircraft with the middle seat left unoccupied.

AerSpace passengers will also have a reserved cabin space directly overhead, lounge access, Fast Track security, priority boarding and inclusive on-board refreshments.

The Irish carrier says one in four of its passengers flying between Dublin and London do so for business reasons.

Director of network revenue and loyalty, Susanne Carberry, said: “We are thrilled to introduce a new fare option which gives greater comfort and convenience to our guests. At Aer Lingus we are committed to innovating our product offering to meet travellers’ ever-changing needs. AerSpace guests will have reserved seating in row 1 on our most popular routes, leaving the middle seat free and allowing more space to work or simply relax as they fly.”

AerClub members can also collect Avios points on their AerSpace purchase.

“We are proud to launch AerSpace in response to feedback from our guests seeking a more premium and spacious travel experience when flying short haul with Aer Lingus,” added Carberry.

Fares start from £136.99 each way from Gatwick; from £149.99 each way from Heathrow and from £124.99 each way from Manchester and Birmingham, when booked as a return trip. AerSpace tickets are available to book now.

Aer Lingus’ other fares include Saver, the lowest cost option, along with Plus and Advantage.