IAG chief executive Willie Walsh: company has not taken any particular position on the Heathrow expansion plans. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Part of the rationale for the International Consolidated Airlines’ Group (IAG) €1.4 billion bid for Aer Lingus is that the group believes Heathrow Air(...)

Callling for a new European aviation strategy in Brussels on Wednesday were (l-r): Air France-KLM chief executive officer Alexandre de Juniac, easyJet chief executive officer Carolyn McCall, Lufthansa chief executive officer Carsten Spohr and Ryanair chief executive officer Michael O’Leary. (Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters)

Europe’s five leading airlines, many of them fierce business rivals, joined together to propose an aviation strategy that they say is needed if they’(...)

British Airways and Aer Lingus jets pass each other at Dublin airport. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

It took longer than it ever imagined, but International Consolidated Airlines Group finally won the Government over to its €1.4 billion bid for Aer Li(...)

‘The IAG bid is an opportunity for its shareholders to acquire a valuable piece of aviation real estate, along with a valuable transport hub, highly prized landing slots in one of the world’s busiest airports, a couple of regional hubs with huge potential, considerable cash assets, a globally recognised brand and the skills and experience of 4,000 staff who are among the best brand ambassadors in aviation.’ Above, Willie Walsh, Chief Executive of International Airlines Group  in Dublin this week. Photograph: PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

Now that the Dáil has thrown its weight behind the Government’s decision to support International Airlines Group’s bid for Aer Lingus, the door has be(...)

IAG chief Willie Walsh stressed he was confident that Ryanair would seriously consider his group’s deal. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The UK’s competition regulator is likely to allow Ryanair to sell its €400 million stake in Aer Lingus to International Consolidated Airlines’ Group(...)

International Consolidated Airlines’ Group (IAG) chief executive, Willie Walsh: There is an “expectation that the Ryanair board will give our offer due consideration”.

International Consolidated Airlines’ Group (IAG) chief executive, Willie Walsh, is confident that the Ryanair board will give “due consideration” to h(...)

Willie Walsh, CEO of IAG: The group also said the Aer Lingus service from Knock Airport to Gatwick would be maintained. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

International Consolidated Airline’s Group’s (IAG) €1.4 billion bid for Aer Lingus includes pledges on maintaining links to Heathrow Airport and co(...)

 Aer Lingus: It is not clear yet whether the deal will mean lower fares for consumers.  Photograph: Peter  Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

International Consolidated Airline Group’s (IAG) €1.4 billion bid for Aer Lingus moved a critical step closer to success when the Government announced(...)

 Aer Lingus aircraft at Dublin airport. The airline is in good shape at present, arguably enjoying some of its best trading years since the Irish economy collapsed in  2008. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

It’s six months since Willie Walsh first tabled a bid for Aer Lingus. It’s four months since Aer Lingus told the stock market that it was willing to r(...)

Aer Lingus chief executive Stephen Kavanagh has told the Minister for Transport he does not foresee compulsory redundancies or outsourcing of jobs in the event of IAG buying the Government’s 25 per cent stake in the company.  File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The sale of the State’s 25 per cent stake in Aer Lingus to International Airlines Group (IAG) has been recommended by the Cabinet and will go before t(...)