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90370669 90370681Willie Walsh arriving at Leinster House today to meet with the transport committee

“There certainly would be some jobs that are in Aer Lingus today in administrative areas that would in effect be duplicated by administrative roles that we’ve got elsewhere, so we could be looking to reduce – in the head office in the administrative airline, but the big story is we would grow the airline….and the jobs that are created are good quality jobs that would be based in Ireland, primarily based in Dublin.”

Willie Walsh, CEO of IAG (parent of British Airways) on RTÉ Radio One’s Today with Sean O’Rourke earlier.

On the issue of Aer Lingus’ Heathrow slots, he said IAG was prepared to replicate the current block significant shareholders currently exercise over the sale of these slots.
He said they would guarantee that these slots will be used in serving Ireland for a period of five years.

Willie Walsh prepared to give further Aer Lingus’ Heathrow slots guarantee (RTÉ)

(Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)

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13 thoughts on “Willie Won’t He

      1. ahjayzis

        (The London) Terminal 5 will become a GAA ground / ICA training academy, obvs.

        I’m kind of thinking that the deal sounds good too… A few admin jobs lost in a private company the state has a minority shareholding in, while a blow for the staff involved, shouldn’t prevent the gov making a strategic decision if they’re happy otherwise on the slots etc.

  1. John

    the slots commitment should be indefinite and the govt should swap its aer lingus stake for a stake in IAG and a seat on its board.

    1. ollie

      why? Heathrow will expand over the next 5 years and the slots will be irrelevant.
      I hope it’s not sold because it can’t survive as is. aer lingus is an ovetpriced overstaffed dinosaur.

      1. Omar Sarhan

        The process for expanding Heathow is now in some government committee in the UK as it’s not clear if they should expand it or Gatwick.
        2014 was significant as it was the first time that Heathrow was beaten on its international passenger numbers, 68m-ish and Dubai had 70m+.
        Dubai is also getting another airport that will be completed by 2022, with a capacity of 100m+, al-Maktoum international.

  2. TheMightyOne

    Willie has done very well for himself career wise, good man Willie.

    suppose that makes him a scumbag in some people’s eyes

  3. Sinabhfuil

    A five-year guarantee would bring us to 2020, and then no route through Heathrow for our goods and passengers?

    1. Zaccone

      A) Ireland is less dependent on Heathrow than ever before. Its no longer the 1980s. Turkish, Emirates, Etihad, KLM etc all offer extensive connectivity to Asia and Africa. And the market to the US is highly competitive with United, US Airways, Delta and Aer Lingus.

      B) The only reason IAG would get rid of any Heathrow routes is if they become no longer commercially viable. An independent Aer Lingus will do exactly the same thing. As a minority shareholder the government doesn’t have a say in this at present. A 5 year guarantee is actually significantly more than Aer Lingus themselves will offer.

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