Varadkar considers Aer Rianta sell-off

The transport minister also wants a sizeable dividend from cash-rich Aer Lingus, writes Niamh Connolly.

29th January, 2012
Varadkar considers Aer Rianta sell-off
Shannon Airport could be separated from Dublin Airport Authority. Photo: Press 22

The state's lucrative duty-free business, Aer Rianta International, could be sold off to offset the debts of Dublin, Shannon and Cork airports.

The Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar, told this newspaper that ownership of Aer Rianta International was unlikely to go to Shannon Airport if the government decided to separate the airport from its parent, Dublin Airport Authority (DAA).

A report by Booz & Co consultants said that Shannon Airport could survive as a stand-alone...

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