Aer Lingus looks to sell stake

Aer Lingus can survive as a standalone airline but it might prefer to sell a stake to a larger player to take part in the sector's consolidation wave, its chief executive said yesterday. The former Irish state airline has already fended off two hostile bids from rival airline Ryanair. Aer Lingus chief executive Christoph Mueller said he was exploring closer links with one of the global airline alliances, such as Star Alliance, Sky Team or Oneworld.