Aer Lingus chair says not seeking airline partner

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DUBLIN – Aer Lingus Chairman Colm Barrington said on Thursday the former state airline had not asked any rivals to mount a counterbid against Ryanair’s 750 million euro ($1.08 billion) bid.

“We have not been out looking for a partner, we have not approached any other airline to acquire Aer Lingus, to buy shares in Aer Lingus,” Barrington told a parliamentary hearing.

Barrington was quoted in a newspaper interview last week as saying he would seek a friendly investor to take a majority stake in the airline.