Ryanair, which has in the past signalled an interest in acquiring Aer Lingus, has said it would welcome another financially strong airline or investor acquiring the government's 25 per cent stake in the airline.
In a statement, Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary said Etihad's purchase of a 2.9 per cent shareholding in Aer Lingus did not alter its future, "which can only be decided when or if the Irish government sells their 25 per cent stake."
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