What a crying shame if true. A golden opportunity to bolster the strong position EI
already finds itself in, and it is dashed by narrow-minded local politics. We like to think of ourselves as having evolved into a modern European nation but sadly there are plenty of recent examples of behaviour such as this which demonstrate otherwise. Whilst I can understand the mentality and where the hesitance is coming from (I am from the west of Ireland myself), it is dangerously blinkered and short-sighted.
So what now for EI
? Is there anyone in the opposition camp across the table from WW
who can spell out clearly why rejecting the offer is a superior alternative to joining a strong group? Can they lay out exactly what EI
's long term future plan should be? If there is, they have been pretty quiet so far about putting realistic plans on the table. IMHO all of this opposition is political noise-making just for the sake of it because their own jobs are up for contract renewal next year. And this antiquated sentimental attachment to the 'family silverware' is laughable considering the airline was floated years ago.
needs a solid plan for future growth and investment. If the Minister and this gang of Labour TDs were able to answer some basic but crucial questions to explain where this going to come from in an independent EI
, there may be a balanced debate to be had. EI
will be eclipsed once the likes of FR
ops. We already see WOW starting TA
ops via KEF
(granted not a big threat right now but they will certainly pick up some price-sensitive traffic, and there is a heck of a lot of that in Ireland). With rumours of QR
wanting to come to DUB
, any chance of expanding eastwards will meet stiff competition from the ME3.
No doubt the future of EI
will have a massive question mark over it if this falls through. When the next recession hits, EI
probably won't be so lucky but that's OK
because by then Enda Kenny & Co. will be retired and living handsomely off their ministerial pensions. [/rant]
The only potential saving grace is that IAG may try again in a couple of years, but I wouldn't be surprised if they consider it too much of a hornet's nest.
[Edited 2015-02-09 14:04:18]