Eight clouds on Willie’s horizon

Eight big challenges face Willie Walsh and IAG as the takeover of Aer Lingus nears completion.

15th August, 2015
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Willie Walsh and IAG’s takeover of Aer Lingus is almost complete, but troublesome obstacles remain. Picture: Getty

IAG boss Willie Walsh has almost completed his Aer Lingus takeover, with the final hurdle of Ryanair’s formal acceptance expected to be crossed this week. He has promised abundant growth, but he must face down eight key challenges to make Aer Lingus a success.

Aer Lingus management pushed hard for a deal with IAG. But now that it is almost done, they may feel as if the Eye of the Dark Lord Sauron...

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