Thursday 21 September 2017

Ryanair expects European Commission will find it difficult to block Aer Lingus purchase

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Colm Kelpie

Colm Kelpie

BUDGET airline Ryanair predicted the European Commission will find it difficult to block its attempt to buy Aer Lingus.

The low-fares carrier said it has held talks with up to ten different airlines and charter companies to deal with any competition issues surrounding routes.







Executives from Virgin, CityJet, Flybe and International Airlines Group boss Willie Walsh are understood to be among those who have held talks with Ryanair chiefs.







Ryanair spokesman Stephen McNamara said they would do everything to get the proposed buyout across the line.







“I think it’s going to be difficult for Brussels this time to come up with reasons to block it”, he said.







Mr McNamara said the reasons will then be set in stone and have an impact on every other merger.







“Which will make BA and Air France and the rest of them in the acquisitions game very nervous.”







Mr McNamara stood by claims made by Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary in today’s Irish Indepedent that they would offer €99 transatlantic flights if they took over Aer Lingus.







He said they would look at revamping business class on Aer Lingus flights to attract more passengers.







The airline was unveiling an additional daily return flight between Dublin and Brussels Charleroi from November to mark Ireland’s upcoming European Presidency.



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