New challenges on radar for Ireland's two airline giants

With Etihad building its stake in Aer Lingus, and Ryanair entering a new phase of development, the two carriers are set for eventful times, writes Fearghal O'Connor.

5th May, 2012
Both Ryanair and Aer Lingus are facing watershed points in their histories. Photo: Bloomberg

Ireland may be one of Europe's economic patients, but there are few countries where the aviation sector is quite so interesting. The two big Irish carriers, Ryanair and Aer Lingus, are both, in very different ways, at intriguing watersheds.

Ryanair has long outshone its peers, but last week Aer Lingus was also top of the class. While Lufthansa, SAS and Air France all reported widening quarter losses, Aer Lingus cut its losses, and most analysts...

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