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Monday 16 September 2019

Airline chiefs call temporary ceasefire

There's little love lost between Aer Lingus and Ryanair but, ever the professionals, the two chief executives manage to engineer temporary detentes when the former state-controlled carrier issues quarterly results.

So, Aer Lingus boss Christoph Mueller (inset) tells Austrian aviation publication 'Aero Telegraph' this week in an interview.

Now, The Punt's German is extremely limited, so with the caveat that Google's translation service has tried to deliver in English what Mr Mueller said in German, the comment to the publication went something like this: "One cannot just forget that his company is our largest shareholder. Since we also have obligations, we talk to each other and meet regularly after each quarterly earnings – on a professional level."

But there ends the courtesy. Mueller also describes the Ryanair boss as "loud and offensive".

"No one is safe from him – whether judges, a prime minister, or a customer. I'm almost surprised that I have not gotten any verbal attack."

Mueller also says how Ryanair has gone from being akin to Robin Hood when it started life back in the '80s, to being the Sherriff of Nottingham.

Mueller says that he has tried to spend as little time as possible focused on Ryanair takeover attempts, but this still hasn't prevented the airline racking up €40m in bills defending them.

Irish Independent

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