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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