Belfast Telegraph

Irish government set to decide future of Aer Lingus

By Ed Carty

The Irish government will decide in weeks whether to sell its stake in Aer Lingus to the International Airlines Group (IAG).

Following protracted talks on securing jobs, routes and London Heathrow landing slots as part of the €1.4bn (£1.03bn) takeover, the Republic's Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe said negotiations had been useful.

The airline has a major operation in Belfast City, flying to Heathrow, Gatwick, Faro in Portugal and Malaga in Spain.

Among the chief concerns over a sale were potential job losses and a time frame for employment as part of growth plans. Dublin wanted commitments on growing flights between Ireland and the US, and boosting traffic in and out of regional airports at Cork, Shannon and Knock, and the IAG plan to turn the Irish capital into a transatlantic hub.

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