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(...)

 David O Brien: was referring to the Paris airport named after de Gaulle, not the general himself.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

It appears that Ryanair will stop at nothing to give it an edge over its rivals, even channelling dead presidents. Chief commercial officer David O’Br(...)

Shareholders are pressing Ryanair on whether or not it plans to sell its €400 million Aer Lingus stake to IAG, which this week launched a formal off(...)

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(...)

Up and away: Aer Lingus  stock closed  yesterday 1.5 per cent up at €2.43. Photograph: Alan Betson

European shares rebounded on Wednesday from a one-week low the day before, supported by the prospect of an accord between Greece and its creditors. T(...)

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(...)

Eastern European-focused budget airline Wizz Air reported a 67 per cent jump in annual profit and said it was confident of further profit growth this year. Photo: Reuters

Eastern European-focused budget airline Wizz Air reported a 67 per cent jump in annual profit and said it was confident of further profit growth this (...)

 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(...)

Ryanair’s results – with full-year profit  rising 66 per cent to €867 million – sent the stock soaring by as much as 8 per cent, with shares closing up 5 per cent at €11.40. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images

Markets were subdued yesterday, as Britain’s top share index hit a two-week closing low, and German and French indices finished the day in the red.(...)