Peter Barrett, chief executive of SMBC Aviation Capital: the company is one of the top five in the global aircraft finance sector. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Irish-based leasing giant last year announced deals to buy 195 aircraft

Shelbourne Hotel general manager  Stephen Hanley addresses a staff training workshop. The Irish Hotels Federation is urging the Government to maintain the special 9 per cent tourist industry VAT rate introduced in 2011 to aid recovery in the sector by allowing it to cut costs and compete with the rest of Europe.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Average price expected to reach €109 amid growing demand

North Kildare Chamber of Commerce, which represents local and multinational companies with a combined workforce of 9,300 people and includes food group Kerry, has found 86 per cent of its members have confidence in the Irish economy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Chamber of Commerce finds 42 per cent of its members not sure of Government

Fexco site at Killorglin, Co Kerry: expansion in Britain is being driven by the economy recovering and the pound continuing to strengthen. Photograph:  Don MacMonagle

Expansion is Fexco’s second in Britain in the last 12 months

Willie Walsh, chief executive  of International Consolidated Airlines Group SA: has not given up on his group’s proposed €2.55-a-share offer for  Aer Lingus. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

IAG chief executive says he would be ‘crazy’ to stretch five-year pledge on Heathrow slots

SAS has sold further rights at Heathrow Airport in a deal that will net it $22 million and which follows an earlier sale for $60 million

Deal underscores value of Aer Lingus rights at the airport

The union Siptu will seek assurances on the future of 1,500 Aer Lingus jobs before deciding whether or not to back the bid. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Incoming Aer Lingus chief wants airline to be allowed manage sale of Ryanair 29.8% stake

IAG chief Willie Walsh has already conceded that some jobs could be lost in the Aer Lingus head office and in areas such as IT. Photograph: The Irish Times

Union officials caution members’ job security fears yet to be allayed

Cityjet chief executive, Christine Ourmières-Widener, is stepping down from her role at the independent airline.

Outgoing chief executive oversaw sale to German investor

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