Sale of airline far from done - Tánaiste
Published 06/05/2015 | 02:30
Tánaiste Joan Burton has met TDs who have expressed serious concerns about the Aer Lingus sale since the potential deal with IAG was first mooted.
Dublin North TD Brendan Ryan said the group, made up of mostly North Dublin TDs, sought assurances from Ms Burton on a motion agreed by Labour members at its recent party conference.
Ms Burton said she did not expect a deal on Aer Lingus "for some time", suggesting a sale was not imminent, as previously reported.
Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe has yet to receive the final report from his inter-government working group, but is understood to have received a draft version. The issue is not on the Cabinet agenda tomorrow, as Labour insists its concerns on connectivity, jobs and the Heathrow slots remain.
Meanwhile, Ryanair is continuing its charm offensive by cutting more of the fees it charges passengers.
The airline said it was reducing the fee for checking in at the airport rather than online from €70 to €45. Passengers travelling using its business user tickets don't pay anything.
Ryanair also said it was lowering its missed departure fee to €100 from €110.
That charge can be paid at the airport by passengers who've missed their flight and who want to try and get on the next available Ryanair flight to their destination. But it is only available to passengers who arrive at the ticket desk up to an hour after their original flight was due to leave.
Ryanair said the changes were all part of its 'Always Getting Better' campaign, which it launched in an effort to soften its image with customers.