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EasyJet flew more than 60 million passengers last year as more Britons spent Christmas overseas.

Aer Lingus urges a Ryanair rebuff

Aer Lingus yesterday urged its shareholders to reject the €700m (£553m) hostile takeover bid from its low-cost rival Ryanair.

Bid for Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus has urged shareholders to reject budget airline Ryanair's latest €694m (£445m) takeover offer for the airline on the grounds that it "fundamentally undervalues" the business.

Aer Lingus opposes Ryanair offer

Aer Lingus has said a revised takeover bid by rival airline Ryanair undervalues the business.

Aer Lingus rejects Ryanair bid

Aer Lingus has shot down a surprise bid from Ryanair to seize control, saying its offer is too low.

Ryanair makes fresh takeover bid for Ireland's flag carrier Aer Lingus

Ryanair has made a fresh attempt to buy Aer Lingus, after the low-cost airline unveiled its intention to bid €694m (£560m) for its Irish rival last night.

Etihad buys Aer Lingus stake in new European airline move by Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi yesterday threw more cash into European aviation when its flagship airline Etihad bought a 3 per cent stake in the Irish carrier Aer Lingus for about €15m (£12m).

Byrne says: 'People who say that travel is half the fun must be having really bad holidays'

My Life In Travel: Ed Byrne, comedian

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Ryanair demands meeting

The Irish airline Ryanair said it would pursue Aer Lingus directors for a breach of company law if the former state carrier refuses again to hold an extraordinary general meeting.

Ryanair faces new inquiry

The Office of Fair Trading has resumed its investigation into Ryanair's minority stake in its Irish rival Aer Lingus, and said yesterday it expected to reach a decision by the end of next month.

Aer Lingus reports €27.8 million loss

Aer Lingus has reported an operating loss of €27.8 million (£24.6 million) in the first six months of the year.

Ryanair protests over flight cancellations

Flights between Ireland and Scotland were cancelled today as the return of the Icelandic ash cloud threatened travel chaos.

Queen offers sympathies following FitzGerald death

The Queen has offered her sympathies following the death of former Irish taoiseach Garret FitzGerald.

Tributes as former taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald dies

The leaders of Britain and Ireland have paid tribute to former taoiseach Dr Garret FitzGerald who has died after a short illness.

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