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Aer Lingus, the Irish airline, is moving its North American headquarters and 75 employees from Manhattan to Melville. It becomes the fourth foreign airline with its U.S. headquarters on Long Island.
The move, which involves sales, marketing and administrative personnel as well as telephone reservation agents, will take place around June 15, said James Lyndon, a spokesman for the Dublin-based airline, which also considered sites in Boston and Westchester.
Aer Lingus is moving to save money. "Our overriding reason was bottom line -- cost reduction," said Lyndon. "It is a lot cheaper to operate out there." Chiefly, lease costs are far lower than in Manhattan.