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A leading European airline group has denounced Italian plans to rescue Alitalia as illegal yesterday as shareholders were due to vote on a capital in(...)

Willie Walsh, chief executive of International Airlines Group (IAG), parent of British Airways and Iberia, predicted on Monday that some carriers are likely to close as the shake up in the European industry continues.

“Weaker, peripheral” European airlines will struggle and possibly close under the twin pressures of increased competition and a weak economy, accordi(...)

Supporters of the extreme-right Golden Dawn party in Greece. Photograph: Grigoris Siamidis/Reuters

In the four years to the beginning of 2012, Ireland suffered the worst employment shock any developed economy had ever suffered in living memory. By t(...)

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary said yesterday a number of factors are at play in its business, including some increased capacity and tougher competition in Ireland, Britain, Spain and Scandinavia. Photograph: Reuters/Bertil Enevag Ericson/Scanpix Sweden

The bottom line from yesterday’s announcement from Ryanair is that it expects to sell 500,000 fewer seats on its aircraft over the next few months for(...)

Grove snail: tends to mate in late spring. Illustration: Michael Viney

The dense, drizzly coastal fog that is often our share of summer high pressure enveloped the Thallabawn hillside for three days, leaving every leaf gl(...)

Vueling, the Spanish carrier in which the Willie Walsh-led International Airlines Group (IAG) recently acquired a controlling interest, has appointed (...)

Flight crews wave  flags as the new Airbus A380 operated by British Airways is pulled by a tractor after landing at Heathrow. Photographer: Bloomberg

British Airways (BA) welcomed its first Airbus A380, the world’s biggest commercial aircraft, yesterday as part of a €11.6 billion upgrade to top-of-t(...)

Michael O’Leary has said he will stay on as Ryanair CEO for another five years. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Michael O’Leary, who built Ryanair into Europe’s biggest discount airline over two decades, pledged to stay another five years and render its domin(...)

International Airlines Group reported a first-quarter operating loss of €278 million as continued weakness at its Spanish carrier Iberia wiped (...)

A JetBlue Airbus A320. The airline’s chief executive Barger said the pair’s existing relationship has strong potential for growth. Photograph: Lyle Ratliff/Reuters

The chief executive of Aer Lingus’s US partner said today it was not interested in acquiring all or part of the Irish airline. Aer Lingus(...)

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