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Lufthansa shares fell 0.7 per cent at lunchtime on Friday in Frankfurt.

Lufthansa has repaid the last of its €9 billion bailout ahead of schedule, paving the way for the German government to sell its stake in the airline (...)

A high-speed TGV train in  France. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

In the 19th century, rail travel rapidly supplanted most other forms of transport. Could it be about to do so again? With all eyes on Glasgow and th(...)

Former employees of Alitalia protest at Leonardo da Vinci airport in Fiumicino, near Rome Photograph: EPA/Telenews

Italy’s new national airline took to the skies for the first time on Friday morning, putting an end to the 75-year-old bankrupt Alitalia. An early m(...)

Ireland gave out €0.93 billion in state aid in 2020,  which accounted for 0.26 per cent of national GDP, the lowest proportion in the EU. Photograph: iStock

Ireland ranked last in the European Union for the amount of state aid it doled out to companies in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic in proportion to (...)

The aviation industry is pushing regulators around the world to allow pre-departure testing to replace quarantine restrictions that have  stifled demand for travel.  Photograph: Getty Images

Delta Air Lines and Alitalia are to launch “quarantine-free” flights from the US to Italy, opening up the first such route linking the US and Europe s(...)

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary accused the German government of using “the pretext of Covid-19” to prop up Lufthansa with a bailout.

Ryanair has accused rival German airline Lufthansa of a price-fixing cartel and has vowed to challenge its €6 billion bailout in the European Court of(...)

Ryanair expects to carry 80 million passengers this year, close to half it expected before the pandemic.

Ryanair shares surged almost 16 per cent on Monday despite the group predicting that it would lose €200 million in the three months to the end of June(...)

Alitalia  under state control will  “focus strongly on long-haul routes, also with new transatlantic alliances”. Photograph: iStock

The Italian government will inject at least €3 billion in fresh capital into Alitalia, the industry minister said on Thursday, laying out the plan for(...)

Protective covers on the engines of a  plane operated by Air France-KLM at Blagnac Airport in Toulouse, France. Photograph: Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg

Air France-KLM has won EU approval for a €7 billion French state aid package that finance minister Bruno Le Maire said would lead to cutbacks in domes(...)

Michael O’Leary expects Ryanair  flights to reach about 40 per cent of the usual schedule in the month they resume, most likely late June or early July, increasing to 60 per cent by September. Photograph: Getty

Ryanair told Europe’s top competition official that it may go to court to stop France and other countries from “selectively gifting billions of euros (...)

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