Europe blocks Ryanair’s bid

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RYANAIR’S latest attempt to take over Irish rival Aer Lingus has been scuppered by the European Commission.

The budget airline said it will appeal after the Commission indicated during a “state of play” meeting that it will prohibit the €694m (£597m) takeover.

Ryanair had argued that its offer to give 43 short-haul routes and €100m to regional carrier Flybe as part of the takeover would ease competition concerns. Shares in Aer Lingus fell 4.3 per cent.