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 aircraft leasing giant SMBC Aviation Capital earned more than $212 million (€190m) in profits last year, accounts just published show.The(...)

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

Hotel room rates in Dublin will return to their 2007 peak of €109 a day next year on the back of growing demand and a lack of new supply, a report pu(...)

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

More than four out of 10 companies in a chamber of commerce whose members include key employers such as microchip maker Intel and food group Kerry ha(...)

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

Irish foreign exchange and financial services specialist Fexco plans to create 60 jobs and open 15 new outlets in an expansion of its UK operation N(...)

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

International Consolidated Airlines’ Group chief executive Willie Walsh will next week respond to Government and workers’ demands that the group bols(...)

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

Scandinavian airline 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 (...)

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

Britain’s competition regulator could end up playing a key role in International Consolidated Airlines Group’s (IAG) €1.36 billion bid to take over Ae(...)

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

Trade union Siptu will seek assurances on the future of 1,500 Aer Lingus jobs before deciding whether or not to back a €1.36 billion bid for the carri(...)

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

Cityjet chief executive, Christine Ourmières-Widener, is stepping down from her role at the independent airline.Ms Ourmières-Widener took the helm at (...)

A Bell helicopter. Waypoint, backed by members of the Soros family, is leasing an Agusta Westland AW139 and a Bell412EP	to Caverton, which will use them to support offshore oil and gas operations.

Irish- based Waypoint Leasing has delivered two craft to Caverton Helicopters, which provides aviation and logistics support to oil and gas companies (...)