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Willie Walsh got a new job this month: the Irish government hired the British Airways supremo as chairman of advisers to its state debt agency. And the latest evidence of the impact of Mr Walsh’s drastic cost-cutting at International Airlines Group (IAG) suggests the Irish couldn’t have found a better person for the job.

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IAG boss Willie Walsh: no Heathrow expansion now

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Ryanair wants to more than double its share of the European short-haul market to 20 per cent in the next five years

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IAG scales down job cuts at Iberia after union clashes

International Airlines Group, the owner of British Airways and Iberia, yesterday looked to have won a major battle with unions and ended the threat of strikes at its Spanish airline with a deal that will still see it save €250m (£218m) a year.

Willie Walsh's bonus shot down as Iberia airline's performance nosedives

Spanish airline Iberia's dire performance cost International Airlines Group boss Willie Walsh his annual bonus today.

New finding casts doubt on theory that ancestors of modern humans interbred with Neanderthals

A new finding has cast doubt on the theory that ancestors of modern humans interbred with Neanderthals over thousands of years.

Iberia pilots agree to talks with IAG

International Airlines Group, the owner of British Airways and Iberia, could escape strikes and other industrial action after the Spanish pilots' union agreed to talks on restructuring Iberia by axing staff and cutting salaries.

Britain is still living in old world, says BA chief Walsh

Willie Walsh, chief executive of the owner of British Airways, has condemned the Government's economic recovery plans, warning: "I don't see an agenda for growth in this country."

Britain has no agenda for growth, says Walsh

Airlines boss wants ministers to end visa restrictions and boost trade with new markets
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4,000 jobs to go as Iberia fights for life

The owner of British Airways and Iberia yesterday announced plans to axe more than 4,000 jobs, sell off planes and cut routes at the Spanish airline, admitting its loss-making purchase was in a "fight for survival".

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