Ryanair offers to sell Aer Lingus routes - report

Irish carrier is looking for EU approval to purchase gov'ts 25 percent stake in flag carrier

Ryanair has offered to sell off nearly half of Aer Lingus’s short-haul business in its latest bid to secure EU approval to buy the Irish government’s 25 percent stake in the carrier, it was reported on Wednesday.

Low cost Ryanair submitted a new proposal to the European Commission last week, which includes an offer to sell 46 of Aer Lingus’s short-haul routes to rival airlines, believed to include Flybe and British Airways parent International Consolidated Airlines Group, sources told Bloomberg.

Ryanair currently owns 30 percent of Aer Lingus and has made several failed attempts to buy the Irish government’s €694m (US$923m), 25 percent stake. Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways holds a 2.987 percent stake as part of its international collection of minority shareholdings, which also include part ownerships of airberlin, Virgin Australia and Air Seychelles.

In October, Etihad CEO James Hogan said the airline would consider buying the Irish government's 25 percent stake, but so far it had not been approached with an offer.

"If the Irish government approached us to look at the stake, then we would do so. But they have still not approached us," he said. At the time, he declined to comment on whether Etihad would sell its stake in Aer Lingus to Ryanair.

Related:
Join the Discussion

Disclaimer:The view expressed here by our readers are not necessarily shared by Arabian Business, its employees, sponsors or its advertisers.

Please post responsibly. Commenter Rules

  • No comments yet, be the first!

All comments are subject to approval before appearing

Further reading

Features & Analysis
After all the hype, what's the future for Hyperloop One

After all the hype, what's the future for Hyperloop One

Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One may have struck a deal this month...

1
Focus: Gulf airlines face looming growth threat from 'protectionist' Trump government

Focus: Gulf airlines face looming growth threat from 'protectionist' Trump government

Election of Donald Trump, one-time owner of now-defunct East...

3
Smart move: Automated transport in the Gulf

Smart move: Automated transport in the Gulf

In a few short years how we get from A to B will be dramatically...

1
Most Discussed
sponsoredTracking