The companies are all here, but the chief executives are not

Gus Kelly, boss of AerCap Holdings, warns that Ireland's place as a world leader in aviation leasing could be under threat from high personal taxes

26th January, 2014

In the corner of the packed lobby of the Shelbourne Hotel, two airline pilots look on impassively, their impressive gold-braided uniforms hinting of bygone days of flying boats at Foynes and Hollywood starlets sipping Irish coffees at Shannon Airport.

The first of two major aviation leasing conferences taking place in Dublin last week was under way, and the lobby was an international Who's Who of an industry that has Ireland as its heart.

The two...

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