Saturday September 19, 2020

Unfriendly skies: IAG and Aer Lingus after Willie Walsh

The chief executive’s successor Luis Gallego, who takes over at the end of the month, will have his work cut out in the age of Covid-19

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer

@whytebarry
6th September, 2020
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Aer Lingus has been engaged in an effort to cut costs, including shedding hundreds of jobs and possibly moving its transatlantic service from Shannon to Britain. Photo: NurPhoto/PA

In January of this year, as far as anyone was concerned, the biggest thing that IAG (the airline group which owns Aer Lingus) would have to face was the retirement of Willie Walsh, its chief executive.

Walsh had spent 15 years in charge, first as boss of British Airways, before turning it into one of the biggest airline companies in the world through successive mergers with Spanish companies Iberia and Vueling and then Aer Lingus.

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