I thought about the effect on government, but at the end of the day, EI
's management had a brief in 2001: turn this airline around and make it profitable and growing. There are aspects of the strategy I don't like - principally the lack of interlining and the failure to invest in their t/a service product. However, there are realities to be faced and I'd much rather a growing no frills airline than one which had 4 star service, but was floundering. Europe has enough of these. Ireland is a small economy and we need low cost access. I would have thought that the tourism industry at least would be delighted with the prospect of EI
launching services to so many new destinations.
With regard to the mgmt, they must have been exasperated at the govt's failure to do anything, so that EI
needed to push and prod them towards a decision. Do we say that the govt has won here? Unions? Who, exactly. It says something that FR
has agreed with the management's apparent view and called the govt a "fudge factory". With this govt, you need to push, force and almost embarrass them into doing their job. Otherwise, nothing will be done.
I think it's time the PDs put their oar in as well; Bertie's new found socialist leanings are a blast from the past. This is a new world and it needs realistic decisions. Either the govt provides money or it gives EI
access to this. Only two choices; really not a lot of room for fudge.