Thursday February 20, 2020

Aer Lingus bid: Third time lucky

It is hard not to see the Ryanair bid for Aer Lingus as Michael O'Leary completing his grand vision for the Irish airline industry, writes Richard Curran.

23rd June, 2012

It's March 1988 and the fledgling Ryanair has just launched flights from Dublin to Manchester in a direct assault on the supremacy of Aer Lingus. The state airline used to be allowed to fly from British airports to other parts of Europe in the 1950s, but the British government scuppered that real growth potential in 1972. If Aer Lingus got permission once again, the Manchester base could be worth a fortune.

So Aer Lingus wants to swat...

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