O’Leary bid for Aer Lingus…

Interesting prospective figures in any future merger between the Republic’s two biggest airlines.

The combined group would operate on about 500 routes, competing on only 17. Ryanair would combine purchasing with Aer Lingus to drive down fares and costs. Together, Ryanair and Aer Lingus handle about 70% of the passengers at Dublin Airport. The takeover would face scrutiny from Irish and European regulators.

So far the board and the Ahern government are saying no to a hostile bid from Ryanair.