Wednesday 22 May 2019

'Ryanair could be feeder for long-haul Aer Lingus flights'

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Michael O’Leary, CEO of Ryanair with Peter Roe, left, general manager of Fairyhouse and Pat Byrne, chairman of Fairyhouse Racecourse holding the Ryanair Gold Cup.
Michael O’Leary, CEO of Ryanair with Peter Roe, left, general manager of Fairyhouse and Pat Byrne, chairman of Fairyhouse Racecourse holding the Ryanair Gold Cup.

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Ryanair could become a feeder airline for the Aer Lingus long-haul network in the future, helping its smaller rival to grow its transatlantic services, according to Michael O’Leary.

“It’s logical that over the next number of years that Ryanair will probably feed into some other airlines’ long-haul services,” its chief executive told the Irish Independent, adding that the arrangements wouldn’t be “complicated”.

“Could we feed into Aer Lingus’ transatlantic (services) in Dublin? Yes, it’s an obvious development,” he said.

Mr O'Leary was speaking as Ryanair was unveiled as a sponsor of Easter Sunday horseracing at Fairyhouse racecourse and the Gold Cup that takes place that day.

He said the Government needed to decide what it is holding its 25.1pc Aer Lingus stake for, if it's not prepared to sell to IAG.

Mr O'Leary also revealed that all Ryanair-branded horse racing sponsorship in Ireland and the UK over the past number of years has actually been personally funded from his own pocket.

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