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Ryanair owes its survival to never taking hostages

Published 20/07/2015 | 02:30

Michael O'Leary told the Irish Independent earlier this year he saw no reason why Ryanair couldn't become a feeder for Aer Lingus long-haul flights
Michael O'Leary told the Irish Independent earlier this year he saw no reason why Ryanair couldn't become a feeder for Aer Lingus long-haul flights

Nobody ever expects Ryanair to just sit back and let things happen. It celebrates its 30th birthday this year, and owes at least part of its survival to never taking hostages.

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In recent weeks, it has closed bases at two Danish airports - Copenhagen and Billund - as a result of union plans to strike against the airline. It will continue to operate at the airports, but aircraft based there are being shifted, including one to Dublin.

Ryanair already competes vigorously with one of IAG's Spanish airlines, Vueling, which has only recently started flying between Dublin and Barcelona.

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